+ Flamingo F-09 has successfully flown its 2 hour and 30 km acceptance trial for the Royal Thai Air Force.
+ Flamingo F-08 part of the successful dynamic sense and avoid trials conducted by AARCA under the Smart Skies Program.
+ Flamingo F-08 on display at the Avalon 2011 Airshow as part of the QUT (AARCA) display.
+ Flamingos F-10 and F-11 now in the USA undergoing fit-out and flight trials.
+ Flamingo F-08 (Carla) on display at the Avalon Air Show 2011 on the ARCAA stand.
In an historic move, The United States Congress has recently directed the FAA to begin the integration into US National Airspace of small UAVs. Very small UAS are to be allowed access in as little as 90 days when used by Emergency Services, and models as large as 55 pounds will be granted access in just 27 months. The law sets a deadline of all UAS being integrated into the NAS in just over three years (by Sept. 30, 2015). The Silvertone Flamingo, a small in-production UAV airframe designed for use in the under 20kg class of mini UAVs fits very neatly inside this weight limit with some room to spare. The full Flamingo story is to be found on the following pages.
Flamingo F-18 ND lab. For the full story with more and better quality photos, go to the ND link http://www.nd.edu/~dynamics/materhorn/UAV_Build.html
Silvertone Flamingo F-09 flying under the Cyber-Lite badge pictured with the Royal Thai Air Force UAV team. Cybertech (WA) chief UAV pilot Paul Dewar middle back row. F-09 is fitted with the Spanish UAV Navigation AP04 autopilot. F-09 had just completed the RTAF 2 hour acceptance flight which included a 30km out and return distance test. This is the second International Air Force to commence flying the Flamingo. The RTAF is using the Flamingo in the UAV training role, a role for which it is imminently suited.
Bob Young Silvertone CEO with one of the protoype Flamingos fitted with wheel spats.
Flamingo goes to school. The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA ) in a groundbreaking move early in 2011 conducted what they believe is a world first in UAV training and licensing. For the full story on this International First see Flamingo News under the News tab above.