GE signs research agreement with FAA for unmanned aircraft

  • 13-Aug-2009 09:12 EDT

GE Aviation entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with the FAA to provide a variety of operational and technical assessments to support integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace Systems including the assessment of Next Generation (NextGen) Trajectory-Based Operations. Simulation will be conducted at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center near Atlantic City, NJ, beginning this fall and will continue for two years. The research under this agreement will be complemented by related industry cooperative agreements supported by FAA, including an agreement between AAI Corp. and GE. GE Aviation's participation will include adapting its FAA-certified flight management system to achieve reliable trajectory-based control of UAS including demonstration flights of an AAI Shadow tactical UAS in 2009. 

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