Textron Systems makes first appearance at London UAV show

By Patrick C. Miller | October 21, 2014

Textron Systems Unmanned Systems is making its debut appearance at The Commercial UAV Show this week at Olympia Central in London.

The company will showcase its UAV expertise in platforms, services and operational experiences. This includes the Aerosonde small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) which has amassed more than 85,000 flight hours for commercial and military customers.

David Phillips, vice president for small- and medium-endurance UAS, will deliver a keynote address Wednesday on "UAS: A Game-Changer in Oil and Gas Security." He will discuss how systems such as the Aerosonde sUAS can deliver value in the oil and gas domain, as well as other key critical infrastructure monitoring and protection applications.

Since the 1990s, the Aerosonde system has performed in some of the world's harshest environments, ranging from the Arctic to the eye of a hurricane.

"Unmanned systems like our Aerosonde sUAS have proven their worth around the world for many years, enhancing human capability in difficult or dangerous environments," said Phillips. "We stand ready to support customers in emerging commercial applications with expertise gleaned from decades of designing, manufacturing, fielding, operating and supporting UAS."

On Tuesday, Sean Baity, a Textron systems engineer, will deliver a technical presentation on "Insight and Advantage: UAS Enterprise Solutions for the Unmanned Age." He leads teams responsible for designing, delivering, manufacturing, fielding and supporting unmanned aircraft, command and control systems, and related technologies.

Held Oct. 21-22, The Commercial UAV Show—billed as one of the largest global gatherings of the commercial and civil unmanned systems industries—is expected to attract about 1,500 attendees and more than 70 exhibitors.

The conference offers case studies delivered by commercial users and interactive roundtables that enable participants to network with industry peers and deliberate on relevant topics. It also includes an exhibition featuring the latest UAV technologies on key topics such as agriculture, infrastructure, pipelines, broadcasting, environment, border security and government.