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Old Mar 03, 2015, 11:25 AM
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First Flight of VA-001

http://www.suasnews.com/2015/03/3458...male-platform/
http://www.auvsi.org/blogs/auvsi-news/2015/03/02/va001
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Old Mar 03, 2015, 03:42 PM
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I saw the news on your website. Excellent!

Congrats!

-Dave
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Old Mar 03, 2015, 04:35 PM
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Well done, this is awesome news. I know you guys have waited a long time for this first flight and now the fun has just begun!

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Old Mar 03, 2015, 08:11 PM
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Hey aero,
Good job. What's your GTOW?
I'm working on setting the small UAV endurance record in a few months.
I don't think I'll hit 240 hours though. ;-)
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Old Mar 04, 2015, 01:13 PM
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Hey aero,
Good job. What's your GTOW?
I'm working on setting the small UAV endurance record in a few months.
I don't think I'll hit 240 hours though. ;-)
GTOW is 620 lbs. I just went over the flight data log and we hit all of our performance numbers, so 240 hours is a minimum endurance. We are looking forward to more flight testing and multi day flights.
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Old Mar 04, 2015, 07:14 PM
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Nice smooth takeoff and looks like it'll just cruise on & on. How was the landing?
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Old Mar 07, 2015, 09:09 PM
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Nice smooth takeoff and looks like it'll just cruise on & on. How was the landing?
Thanks for the kind words Dan! Come by the shop again when you can!
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Old Mar 09, 2015, 06:03 PM
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That would be awesome, thanks. I'll poke a coworker and ask about a drive over to say hello again, maybe in a month after you've worked through some performance data reduction. Don't want to rush these things :-) Think it would thermal? I have to imagine those two pilot-types in the group photo have opinions on that topic!

If anyone didn't see the video, you can find it here:
http://www.vanillaaircraft.com/VA001.html

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Old Mar 11, 2015, 04:14 PM
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That would be awesome, thanks. I'll poke a coworker and ask about a drive over to say hello again, maybe in a month after you've worked through some performance data reduction. Don't want to rush these things :-) Think it would thermal? I have to imagine those two pilot-types in the group photo have opinions on that topic!

If anyone didn't see the video, you can find it here:
http://www.vanillaaircraft.com/VA001.html

Dan
Yeah the flight was really early morning, so not a lot of thermal action, but DP was given free license to attempt to thermal if the propeller engagement was dragging out. The prop was engaged within 5-10 seconds, so DP never had a chance to try it out. No question that it would thermal, though!
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