pilotless aircraft


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pilotless aircraft

[′pī·lət·ləs ′er‚kraft]
(aerospace engineering)
An aircraft adapted to control by or through a preset self-reacting unit or a radio-controlled unit, without the benefit of a human pilot.

pilotless aircraft

pilotless aircraft
Predator tactical unmanned aerial vehicle.
An aircraft, such as a drone, not piloted by a human, but usually flown by a preset or self-reacting device or radio commands. Also referred to as an RPV (remotely piloted vehicle), a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), or a UCAV (uninhabited combat aerial vehicle).
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In order to satisfy risk-averse aviation regulators, the researchers are working with Britain's Civil Aviation Authority to certify a virtual pilotless aircraft for use in civil airspace.
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But the flight had a special significance as retired Admiral of the Fleet Sir Benjamin Bathurst, whose father Wing Commander Peter Bathurst had piloted the aircraft when he was the commanding officer of the Pilotless Aircraft Unit (PAU) at the St Athan base in the 1940s, was a passenger.
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She said there was an urgent need to promote cost-saving synergies in research and development among member states, between national and EU budgets and between the defence and civilian industrial sectors in areas such as space, cyber security, pilotless aircraft and maritime surveillance.
His father, Group Captain Michael Adderley, piloted the aircraft several times during World War II having moved to St Athan from Hawkinge, near Folkestone, with the Pilotless Aircraft Unit (PAU) in June 1940.
pilotless aircraft hit a house in Pakistan&'s tribal region of North Waziristan on the Afghan border on Friday, killing 25 militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
CNN news reported today that the apparent case of "friendly fire" is being investigated - if it is confirmed it would be a rare instance of pilotless aircraft killing US forces.
It performed well enough after several test flights for the Air Service to order 100 of the pilotless aircraft in October 1918.
"Our students were extremely appreciative of the presentation given by BAE Systems on the next generation pilotless aircraft. This was an excellent opportunity to learn about a cutting edge technology that will inevitably change the future of aviation.