Federal Aviation Administration Grants Special Airworthiness Certificate for Nighthawk IV Micro Unmanned Air System

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) has received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Special Airworthiness Certificate for its Nighthawk IV micro Unmanned Air System (UAS) operating at its Randolph, Vt. location for the purposes of research & development, customer demonstrations and crew training.
Following a comprehensive review and demonstration in September of 2013, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) has received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Special Airworthiness Certificate for its Nighthawk IV micro Unmanned Air System (UAS) operating at its Randolph, Vt. location for the purposes of research & development, customer demonstrations and crew training. This special airworthiness certificate is supported by extensive safety, manufacturing, inspection, maintenance and crew training procedures that were reviewed and accepted by the FAA as part of a recent visit to witness post certification maiden flights.

Law enforcement agencies, universities and public agencies such as the Forest Service, National Park Service and Customs and Border Protection can apply for Certificates of Authority (COA) from the FAA to fly in the national airspace. Customers who purchase Nighthawk IV micro-UAS aircraft will now have access to the full set of required documentation and procedures necessary for them to receive FAA approval to fly Nighthawk IV’s in their designated airspace operating under a COA.“The FAA approval of ARA’s combat proven Nighthawk IV micro-UAS technology for use in the national airspace is an important milestone for ARA and its many non-military government customers,” said Dr. Rob Sues, ARA’s CEO. “This proven technology can improve results and decrease costs in traffic accident investigations, search and rescue, drug smuggling, agricultural assessments, flood damage, bridge inspections and many other civilian applications.”

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