|ARES Block C Unmanned Aerial System. Photo: PRNewsFoto/SHIELD Aviation
[Avionics Today 10-15-2014] SHIELD Aviation has announced the granting of a Category three Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Interim Flight Clearance (IFC) for the ARES Block C UAS by Naval Air System Command (NAVAIR) Patuxent River MD AIR – 4.0P. The ARES UAS IFC supports Navy public aircraft operations of ARES Block C UAS within restricted areas of U.S. airspace.
SHIELD Aviation and NAVAIR engineers have completed an engineering review and risk assessment regarding safety of flight and aimed to reduce risk to personnel, property and/or environment.
"The granting of the IFC for the ARES UAS is an extremely important milestone as it recognizes its airworthiness and safety of flight for ARES UAS. It also ensures SHIELD and ARES UAS operates within Naval Instructions 13034.1D CH2 requiring all UAS operated by Department of Navy (DON) to have an Interim Flight Clearance or Flight Clearance," said Myles Newlove, chairman and CEO of SHIELD Aviation.