Wed, Jun 20, 2007
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Defense Systems announced this week the company has received an
Experimental Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation
Administration. The company says the certification is the first for
small hand-launched UASs under 100lbs in the United States, and
allows the CyberBug Unmanned Aerial System to fly in the
National Airspace System.
An EAC permits UAS flight operations in specified sections of
the NAS. It also authorizes unmanned aircraft manufacturers to
conduct research and development, crew training and marketing
To date, the FAA has issued only 12 EACs for UAS operations in
civil airspace, with Cyber Defense receiving the latest. Cyber
Defense earned the right to fly in the NAS after successfully
completing a CyberBug demonstration flight for FAA officials at a
location in Pasco County, FL on June 15.
Billy Robinson, president and chief executive officer of Cyber
Defense Systems, called receipt of an FAA EAC a "significant
company milestone," noting that this achievement was obtained
"through a lot of hard work on the part of the CyberBug™ team
and outstanding support from the FAA."
The CyberBug may be used for military, law enforcement and
commercial applications. The small unmanned air vehicles can be
assembled in minutes and launched from an open area to provide
instant aerial surveillance. The vehicles fly for up to an hour and
transmit video and data to a portable ground control station.
Representatives with Cyber Defense say a CyberBug operator can
safely monitor dangerous events, see around buildings, over hills
and beyond line of sight. Applications include search and rescue,
traffic monitoring, environmental, research, border patrol, drug
interdiction and more.
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