Subscribe Free
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

Home-grown growth

Saudi low-cost carrier, Flyadeal, is so busy coping with a flood of domestic traffic that it has had to postpone the start of international services, says its CEO. Alan Dron reports.

Etihad Aviation Group marks Zayed Humanitarian Day

Etihad Aviation Group has hosted a wide-range of charity and humanitarian activities to mark the Zayed Humanitarian Day, taking place today, May 24.

AL42 upgrade for Ayjet in Turkey

Ayjet Anatolian Stars Flight Training Organsation (ATO) recently asked Alsim for an upgrade of its existing Alsim simulator to the newest EASA standards.

EgyptAir and Ukraine International Airlines codeshare

EgyptAir and Ukraine International Airlines have launched their new codeshare partnership.

Adcom adds to Algerian force

Footage shown on Algerian national TV and posted by the Algerian Ministry of Defence on its official Facebook page has revealed that two Emirati-developed unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) are now in service with the Algerian Air Force. Jon

Daher’s TBM 940 receives EASA certification

Daher has said its new TBM 940 has been certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), enabling deliveries to begin with this latest very fast turboprop aircraft version.

ACCA19_SK0201080919
See us at
DIAC19_BT264161119ACCA19_BT_2404091019