in General Aviation

Airbus Helicopters VSR700 demonstrator flies unmanned

Posted 24 December 2018 · Add Comment

The Airbus Helicopters VSR700 demonstrator took off for a fully unmanned autonomous flight at the military airbase in Istres in the south of France this last week.

The purpose of the flight was to establish compliance with the demanding regulatory and safety systems necessary for future unmanned flight in France.  During the exercise the demonstrator performed a 30-minute flight successfully executing a variety of flight patterns before landing in an autonomous mode. The unmanned air vehicle was piloted and monitored from the ground station located at the base.

The VSR700 demonstrator has been flying autonomously since May 2017 with a safety pilot as part of its development programme.  The diesel engine installed to meet naval and military requirements has been fine-tuned during this period and the automatic flight control systems have been developed to meet the new regulatory standards.  This new critical operational capability is pursuing its development plan and 2019 will see the rollout of the prototype.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Ethiopian Airlines to resume services to Cameroon

Ethiopian Airlines will resumes services to Duala and Yaoundé on a special permit.

Bolloré Logistics opens a new office in Madagascar

Bolloré Logistics Madagascar announces the opening of a new office in the Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.

Falcon 6X gears up for first flight

Dassault Aviation is making steady progress toward an early 2021 planned first flight for its latest and roomiest aircraft, the Falcon 6X, despite the upheaval caused by the coronavirus epidemic.

Green recovery must embrace sustainable aviation fuels

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has emphasised the aviation industry’s commitment to its emissions reduction goals.

Iraq repatriation flight returns South Africans home

CemAir has welcomed 80 South Africans home from Iraq and Jordan on a special repatriation flight which touched down at OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday morning.

Emirates to resume flights to Dar es Salaam

Emirates will resume services to Dar es Salaam from August 1.

See us at