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Research & Development

Research at GT Aeronautics is directed at the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) market. As the world and our nation's aerospace industry enter the next century of aviation, state-of-the-art unmanned aircraft systems are leading the way to become a focal point of both the military and commercial aviation industry.

GT Aeronautics is researching the needs of the commercial aviation industry and developing unmanned aircraft systems to meet those needs. Design, development, and manufacture of two multi-role UASs, the Bandit and Tacamo, are currently underway. Multi-mission tasking and adaptablity are key elements of the designs, as well as extensive use of composite structures.

GT Aeronautics is also investigating the commercial and defense requirements for a high speed micro air vehicle, or MAV. Design and development of the Bandito MAV began in 2006 and includes micro sensors and the cutting-edge composite structure required for combat environment durability.

GT Aeronautics participates in the development of the rules and regulations that will govern the operation of unmanned aircraft systems in the National Airspace System (NAS). UAS flight within the NAS is in its initial stage, but its common, future use is inevitable. Developing a national airspace system that can accommodate the operation of UASs with manned aircraft will play an important role in the success and future of the aerospace industry.

GT Aeronautics maintains membership to three international technical standards committees that are actively establishing the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) for unmanned aircraft systems flight in the NAS. These committees, which invite industry-wide input, are working hand-in-hand with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to standardize the regulations for Operator Qualifications, Flight Operations and Airworthiness of remotely piloted/unmanned aircraft systems. By allowing industry-wide membership and input, the committees will ensure a fair, balanced, and safe solution to the regulation of UAS flight in the National Airspace System

The word "unmanned" is used extensively to describe UAS aircraft. However, the word "unmanned" really means that the aircraft itself is not carrying the pilot. The pilot for an unmanned aircraft system is simply stationed somewhere else - either on the ground, on a ship, or in another aircraft - and flies the aircraft remotely from a virtual cockpit - or Ground Control Station (GCS). The GCS is interfaced to the aircraft via radio link - thus allowing the pilot and payload specialist to control the aircraft and its systems. The skills required to fly unmanned aircraft systems are nearly the same as those used by flight crews of manned aircraft. Developing standardized pilot qualifications and flight procedures that will allow unmanned aircraft systems to fly in harmony with manned aircraft is a key objective at GT Aeronautics. Proper training, certification and licensing of UAS pilots will ensure that unmanned aircraft are operated safely and will permit the aviation industry to tap the full potential of the UAS market.

Micro Air Vehicle Development Model
Micro Air Vehicle Development Model
Bandito GCS

For more information, contact:
Attn: Thomas W. Rullman
26 Elk Road
Cody, WY 82414-7810

GT AERONAUTICS, LLC, 26 Elk Road, Cody, WY 82414-7810, Phone & FAX: (307) 587-5221