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Test flying with the Firetail autopilot

We spent several happy hours at the airfield yesterday (18 Nov. 2014) flying a foam trainer aircraft (ST-Models Discovery) fitted with our Firetail autopilot.


We had excellent results, getting the adjustments right so that we were able to achieve the results seen below. We expect we will be able to get even better results after we analyze the data more, but it was an impressive day: note that there are actually ten circles in the track in the first screenshot - the accuracy was superb!


Drone Operator Fined for Geraldton Trisathlon incident.

The operator of a drone that crashed onto a triathlete in Geraldton earlier this year has been fined by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). A 20-year-old woman was operating the camera drone above a group of athletes in April when the device unexpectedly experienced radio interference and dropped to the ground. It crashed onto competitor Raija Ogden, who sustained head injuries.

"Drone" boat swarms for US Navy

(CNN) -- The U.S. Navy is getting ready to "swarm" its adversaries.

The Office of Naval Research over the weekend released video of tests conducted in August that showed five "drone" boats swarming a vessel that posed a threat to a Navy ship.

"The U.S. Navy is unleashing a new era in advanced ship protection," the service says in the video.