By Staff Writer | April 24, 2015
In March 2015, the aerospace and defense firm Aero Kinetics applied for Type Certification of its latest generation multi-rotor vertical takeoff and land (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) with the FAA.
Despite the exemptions and blanket Certificates of Authorization (COA), UAS still have restrictive operating limits for commercial users within the National Airspace System (NAS) due to the uncertainty of the aircrafts’ quality and performance. Airworthiness and operational certification standards needed for commercial users and consistent access to the national airspace do not exist. Aero Kinetics is pursuing this certification effort to enable its clients to maintain a competitive advantage in their industries.
Aero Kinetics has designed its UAS to help secure critical national infrastructure, such as ports and power plants. Photo courtesy of Aero Kinetics
Aero Kinetics uses additive metal technologies, 3-D printing and industry-leading avionics to rapidly produce systems and develop VTOL UAS worthy of operating in the National Airspace. The company offers its clients full service leases or multi-system sales, both of which include full service and maintenance contracts for the UAS. Aero Kinetics believes that such maintenance provides an unparalleled level of assurance to the public, the FAA and the operator. Aero Kinetics has started taking deposits for new aircraft orders, in similar fashion to new aircraft orders in the manned aircraft world.
Aero Kinetics UAS can operate at altitudes of up to 17,000 feet MSL, permitting high altitude and mountain SAR operations. Photo courtesy of Aero Kinetics
The company is currently finalizing agreements with critical teaming partners to further enhance its aerospace-grade UAS. These partners set the standard in their respective industries, which expand well beyond aerospace and defense. Because of these relationships, Aero Kinetics will be able to offer UAS capabilities immediately applicable to enterprises in the critical infrastructure, disaster/emergency response and electronic newsgathering industries.
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