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  • Rated Pilots Only for RAF UAVs
    Posted by Robert Wall 1:21 PM on Oct 20, 2011

    After looking at the feasibility of training non-rated pilots to operate unmanned aircraft, the U.K. defense ministry has decided not to go ahead with the effort despite a successful demonstration.

    Under project Daedalus, the RAF took a small cadre of personnel that were not qualified pilots and trained them to fly unmanned aircraft.

    Even though the trial was a success, nothing, apparently, is to come of the exercise.

    Why? "There is currently no requirement to train non-pilot officers to operate unmanned air systems as the RAF has a sufficient number of trained pilots available to meet planned requirements," says Peter Luff, minister for defense equipment, support and technology. And, he adds "there were no savings identified by the Daedalus trial."

    Tags: ar99, RAF, unmanned, UK

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