Working with Hitachi on an MLA beef project, V-TOL Aerospace conducted an endurance flight in central QLD of a standard V-TOL GosHawk II Fixed Wing RPAS. The aim was to establish how far a V-TOL manufactured small RPA could fly. Operating at the edge of Day VLOS in light conditions at 400ft AGL, the GosHawk covered 151km in 2.35 hours. It is estimated that if the GosHawk had been permitted to operate beyond its reserve, it could have achieved a distance of up to 170km. “The V-TOL GosHawk II is a small (< 4kg) RPA, but has demonstrated it can fly a significant distance. Capable of being fitted with ADS-B and other UTM sense & avoid devices, it is capable of over the horizon BVLOS day & night operations. The GosHawk is the type of small hi-tech technology package that can deliver the commercial productivity gains required across Australia’s core industries,” said Mark Xavier CEO & Chief Pilot of V-TOL.
Working with uAvIonix, V-TOL Aerospace has successfully conducted ADS-B BVLOS flight operations in YAMB RAAF Airspace using a Ping20s. A V-TOL GosHawk II Fixed Wing RPAS was used and is seen as registration GOH009. Operating independently of V-TOL NEURON, both data feeds from the Ping & NEURON produced identical flight tracks in real-time. “We hope that on-going trials & demonstrations like this will progress the professional end of the industry in this country,” said Mark Xavier Chief Pilot of V-TOL.