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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

TALES OF THE TAPE: Unmanned Planes Fuel AeroVironment Growth

April 21, 2009

CHICAGO (Dow Jones)-With a corner on the U.S. defense market for very small, unmanned aircraft and new clean energy technology in the pipeline, AeroVironment, Inc.'s (AVAV) chairman and chief executive, Timothy Conver, expects the company to find continued opportunities for revenue growth. Conver said Secretary Robert Gates's strategy at the U.S. Department of Defense, to offer greater support to current armed forces, plays into AeroVironment's strength.

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Learning green: Manufacturers go eco?

April 16, 2009
When we look out across the business landscape today, we can see a number of things looming that might make profitability difficult. A contracting economy is right up top as a primary concern, and that makes every new decision increasingly important. A wrong step is magnified when times are tough. So what are we to make of "Green Business"? It's a concept bouncing around the media and the internet that purports to improve the efficiency of workplace operations while minimizing the impact of productivity on the local (and some say "global") environment.   -> View More

Unmanned Plane to Inspect Inland Powerlines - ABC Online (Australia)

April 15, 2009
Ergon Energy and the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace (ARCA) are studying the feasibility of using UAS instead of manned helicopters to inspect Queensland's inland electricity network. ARCA Director Rod Walker says his organization has already used UAS in the past to check powerlines between Wondai and Murgon in the South Burnett. "It all comes down to cost benefit-what UAVs can do is fly for extremely long periods of time...They can fly at quite low altitudes-lower than you want to routinely fly in a fixed-wing aeroplane."   -> View More

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AeroVironment Featured in CNN’s “Edge of Discovery” Series

April 03, 2009

Cameras with Wings They look like remote-controlled airplanes, but they provide the military with eyes in the sky.

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AV’s Raven Small UAS Achieves 30-Hour Persistent Surveillance in Demonstration with U.S. Army

April 01, 2009
MONROVIA, Calif., April 1, 2009 - The U.S. Army Product Manager for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) and AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) recently conducted a continuous 30-hour demonstration of persistent surveillance of a point target using AV's RQ-11B Raven® small unmanned aircraft system. The demonstration at Camp Roberts, Calif. followed an inquiry from Pentagon officials regarding the potential for AV's Raven small UAS to perform low-cost, tactically relevant persistent surveillance.   -> View More

San Francisco’s Hybrid Taxis Prove Their Worth

March 30, 2009
Reporting from San Francisco - Even here, in the capital of true believers in one thing or another, Paul Gillespie stands out. The veteran cabby and former president of the San Francisco Taxicab Commission is one of the reasons this city's taxi fleet is vying to be the most environmentally correct in the country. After years of advocating for hybrid taxis, Gillespie, who says he has "the carbon footprint of an Ethiopian child," now has proof that they are green in more ways than one.   -> View More

ISR Operations: “Eye in the Sky”

March 23, 2009

"Clearly, airborne ISR capability has become indispensible to successful ground and air combat operations, and the U.S. Air Force brings the lion's share to the battle," said Col. Eric Holdaway, director of intelligence for Air Force forces in the Middle East and Central Asia. With respect to combat operations, the ISR mission provides a level of planning, analysis and targeting support never seen before in the history of warfare.

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AF Raven B Operators Maintain 'Eyes-on' for Ground Forces

March 19, 2009

(Camp Bucca, Iraq, March 19, 2009) - "There it is," said Staff Sgt. Jeff Tomkiewicz, 887th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, as he pointed at a little, buzzing white dot in the sky. As the Raven B operator approached the small strip of sand of Camp Bucca's Burge Field, the tiny Raven B unmanned aircraft system hovered above the ground for a moment then unceremoniously fell to the ground, waiting for Sergeant Tomkiewicz to retrieve it.

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So You Think It’s a Toy?

March 17, 2009

KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq - RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicles may be easily mistaken for an unorthodox version of a model airplane, but Airmen here use the UAV to secure the base and surrounding neighborhoods. Weighing in at less than 5 pounds, the Raven is operated from the ground via a remote control unit that can send the aircraft 10 kilometers away at speeds up to 60 miles per hour.

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Smithsonian - Under the Radar with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

February 25, 2009

At the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum (NASM), a display of six unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) demonstrates what happens when the little airplanes of my childhood get serious. Take the five-pound, 45-inch wingspan AeroVironment RQ-14A "Dragon Eye." Launched by hand, or with a bungee cord, the tiny scout plane is controlled by GPS coordinates entered into its guidance system with a standard laptop computer.

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