FAA Issues Special Certification for Nighthawk IV UAS

FAA has issued a special airworthiness certificate for the Nighthawk IV unmanned aircraft system (UAS), a micro UAS produced by Applied Research Associates (ARA).

The special certification allows ARA to begin operating the UAS over the airspace at its Randolph, Vt., facility. The company will use the certificate for research and development purposes as well as demonstrations for potential customers and crew training.   “The FAA certification process lasted approximately six months from the time ARA submitted its initial flight area location and system description with special emphasis on safety systems, crew training and maintenance procedures,” said Bob Quinn, division manager of unmanned and security products at ARA.

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