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AeroVironment Announces Leadership Transition Plan

April 04, 2016

Tim Conver Announces Retirement as CEO, Effective May 1; Will Continue to Serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors

SIMI VALLEY, Calif.-  AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Wahid Nawabi, currently president and chief operating officer, as chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors, effective May 2, 2016. Mr. Nawabi succeeds Tim Conver, who will retire as CEO effective May 1, 2016, and remain chairman of the Board.

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Drones Break the Ice on Antarctic Deep-Freeze Mission [Video]

March 23, 2016
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter for the first time used unmanned aircraft to help it navigate the frozen continent’s icy inlet during a crucial summertime mission.   -> View More

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AeroVironment Focuses on Maritime UAS Ops

February 15, 2016
A recent example of maritime UAS operations was a National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center of Excellence for Unmanned Technologies test mission. A team from the California State University Channel Islands was invited to see how the Puma AE works during a test mission on the research vessel R/V Shearwater, sailing from Santa Barbara Harbor in central California to the Santa Barbara Channel.   -> View More

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AeroVironment’s Puma AE UAS Supporting Coast Guard Ice Breaker for Operation Deep Freeze Resupply Mission through Treacherous Antarctic Seas

February 02, 2016
  • Puma AE hand-launched unmanned aircraft system is scouting the ice shelf ahead of the Coast Guard’s Polar Star, supporting critical ice-breaking mission to resupply McMurdo Station in Antarctica
  • First time an unmanned aircraft system has been used to assist Coast Guard in navigating Ross Sea - avoids putting crew and costly helicopters at risk

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 2, 2016 – In a development that takes the life-saving capabilities of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to one of the most remote and unforgiving regions on earth, AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced it and a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been contracted to provide the U.S. Coast Guard ice breaker Polar Star with a RQ-20A Puma™ AE unmanned aircraft system and a flight crew for the annual joint “Operation Deep Freeze,” the military component of the larger, civilian-managed U.S. Antarctic Program to re-supply the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station. The Operation Deep Freeze joint team departed Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, on December 30, 2015 and reached McMurdo Station on January 18, 2016.

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How Drones Could Advance Polar Science and Navigation (Once They Work Out the Kinks)

February 02, 2016
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has attached a delegation to this year’s Deep Freeze. The Coast Guard, just like any American in any public park these days, is fascinated by all the drones flying around, and wondered: How the hell can we make these things useful?   -> View More

Deep Freeze 2016: Another year, another journey

February 02, 2016
This blog is the first in a series of posts following the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as they journey to Antarctica for Operation Deep Freeze 2016. Follow their journey.   -> View More

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Drones Take Flight for Duke Energy

January 26, 2016
Duke Energy examines the use of small unmanned aerial systems with advanced camera payloads. In the electric utility business, safety is at the core of everything a utility does. Utility personnel ask these questions every day: How safe are we? What can we do to perform any task more safely? From the safety standpoint, the use of sUAS has numerous advantages over traditional methods.   -> View More

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AeroVironment Receives $13 Million RQ-20A Puma AE Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Order for United States Marine Corps

November 25, 2015
  • Puma AE provides long range capability for U.S. Marines’ family of small unmanned aircraft systems requirement
  • Puma AE proven effective for tactical reconnaissance in ground and maritime operations

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 25, 2015 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) announced it received a firm fixed-price order valued at $13,015,396 for RQ-20A Puma™ AE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and initial spares packages for the United States Marine Corps on October 27, 2015.

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Unmanned Aircraft Aids in Monk Seal Research

October 15, 2015
The UAS flew missions at multiple monk seal breeding populations within Hawaii’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. NOAA will use the data to examine seal population trends and threats through census counts and by identifying individual seals by observing scars and applying hair dye and flipper tags, which can be seen from the UAS.   -> View More

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Seven Allied Nations to Acquire AeroVironment Raven Unmanned Aircraft Systems in $18.5 Million U.S. Army Foreign Military Sales Awards

October 13, 2015
  • AeroVironment is recognized worldwide as the go-to source for small unmanned aircraft solutions that help people and enterprises operate more safely and effectively
  • Raven remains the most widely used unmanned aircraft system

WASHINGTON, D.C., at AUSA, Oct. 13, 2015 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced it has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract from the United States Army totaling $18,485,495 to supply initial RQ-11B Raven® unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), spare parts and contractor logistics services to seven allied nations through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

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