Certification Allows Honeywell MAV to Fly in National Airspace
MAV Use Expanding into Law Enforcement
PHOENIX, Feb. 18, 2008 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it has received an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate (EAC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its gasoline powered Micro Air Vehicle (gMAV).
The FAA certificate allows Honeywell’s gMAV Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to fly in the National Airspace System. The experimental certificate was granted after a successful demonstration flight for FAA officials at a remote site near Laguna, New Mexico. Honeywell’s certificate is one of only four such certificates granted for unmanned vehicles by the FAA.
“Receipt of the Experimental Certification is a significant step in the maturation of the gMAV vehicle, said Vaught Fulton, Mav Program Manager. “Our gMAVwingless design is much less complex than other winged unmanned aerial systems, provides superior hover and stare performance in adverse weather/heavy wind conditions and gives the gMAV a distinct advantage in cluttered urban terrain airspace.”
The man-portable gMAV is unique among ducted fan unmanned aerial aircraft as it is wingless, capable of vertical takeoff and landing with transition to sustained high-speed flight. The gMAV was recently chosen by the Miami/Dade County Police Department to spearhead its ground breaking experiment with the FAA to explore use of small UAS for law enforcement purposes.
The Honeywell gMAV was initially developed as part of a DARPA Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration Program. The gMAV recently completed a tour of duty in Iraq with the US Navy and is slated for further deployments and upgrades as part of additional US Military programs.
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Based in Phoenix, Honeywell’s aerospace business is a leading global provider of integrated avionics, engines, systems and service solutions for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, business and general aviation, military, space and airport operations.
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