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U.S. Army + U.S.A.F. Urgently Need More UAV Pilots

November 12, 2009

While the U.S. Air Force struggles to train 400 UAV operators a year, the U.S. Army is training 1,400, and is increasing that to 2,300 by next year. Most of the army operators use the small (five pound) Raven UAV, which provides platoons, companies, and vehicle convoys with aerial reconnaissance. Interestingly, UAV operators spend about 1,200 hours a year controlling UAVs in the air, versus 450 hours for army helicopter pilots and even less for air force pilots in the combat zone. Most army UAV operators are enlisted troops, while all USAF operators are officers. The Raven training lasts approximately 80 hours, but this tiny UAV was designed for ease of use. It takes about five times longer to train operators for larger UAVs such as the Shadow and Predator.

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Companies in Electric Transportation Value Chain to Form Electrification Coalition

November 11, 2009

Business leaders representing the entire value chain of an electrified transportation system will hold a press conference on Monday, 16 November to announce the formation of the Electrification Coalition and the release of its Electrification Roadmap, a report outlining a vision for the deployment of electric vehicles and infrastructure on a mass scale.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

AV Test Systems Support EV Development

November 11, 2009

FEV grows its EV and hybrid expertise to develop tomorrow's electrified powertrains.

In the last 12 months we have developed, or helped develop, 10 different alternative powered vehicles, either electric, range-extended, or hybrid vehicles," said Dr. Jochem Wolschendorf, Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Vehicle and Drivetrain Engineering for FEV.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

Army To Field Upgraded Raven UAV In December

November 04, 2009

When a commander in the war zone needs a bird's eye view, it often means grabbing a nearby rucksack and releasing a small unmanned aerial vehicle dubbed the Raven.

Tossed to the skies and controlled from the ground, soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are using the UAV for overhead observation.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

AeroVironment’s Raven Small Unmanned Aircraft System Receives Military Aircraft Type-Classification

November 03, 2009
AeroVironment's Raven Small Unmanned Aircraft System Receives Military Aircraft Type-Classification Certificate from the Netherlands Military Aviation Authority Certification Permits Operation of Raven in Dutch National Airspace by the Military

MONROVIA, Calif., Nov. 3, 2009 - AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced that the Military Aviation Authority of the Netherlands (MLA-NLD) has issued a Military Type Certificate (MTC) for the Raven® B NLD MUAS, the first such certificate issued in the Netherlands in the Micro-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle category. This certificate permits Dutch military personnel to operate Raven systems in designated Dutch airspace.   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc.

Hear the BBC World Service Tell The Story Of The Sunraycer Solar-Powered Race Car

November 03, 2009

Witness Solar Powered Cars

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

Forbes.com The 200 Best Small Companies

October 27, 2009
Behind the numbers of this year's best small companies. Small fry got smacked hard in year two of the Great Recession: 42% of the companies in the Russell 2000 small-company index lost money in the last 12 months, versus 22% for those in the S&P 500. Still, enough winners emerged to ease the sector's overall pain. The Russell was up 8%, the S&P 6%.   -> View More

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - In Norse mythology, the all-father, Odin was a warrior god who ancient warriors beseeched for victory and protection in battle. It was said Odin had ravens that would fly over the earth each day. The ravens brought tidings of events from all corners of the earth. Today, Soldiers in Laghman province are also using Ravens to gather information like Odin. Though the Ravens, in essence, do the same tasks as Odin's informants; they aren't even birds. They are unmanned aerial vehicles.   -> View More

US Army Eyes STUAS Drones For Battalions

October 16, 2009

US Army officials have identified a gap for a battalion-level unmanned aircraft system that could be addressed by platforms such as the Boeing/Insitu Scan Eagle or AAI Aerosonde.

In the interim, the army is fielding a family of Wasp, Puma and Raven micro-unmanned systems - all made by Aerovironment - for platoon- and company-level operations and an extended-range version of the AAI RQ-7C Shadow for brigades.

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More Unmanned Aircraft Striving To Eliminate IEDs

October 09, 2009

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 7, 2009) -- The Army trained more than 1,400 Soldiers, Marines and civilians to fly unmanned aircraft systems in 2009, and expects to train more than 2,300 in 2010. A group of aviators at the Association of the United States Army's annual meeting Tuesday discussed the use of unmanned aircraft systems for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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