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Textron Systems Expands Unmanned Systems Service & Support Center

Posted on Wednesday 11th May 2016 | UAS Training

Textron Systems Unmanned Systems opened its new unmanned aircraft system (UAS) training and maintenance facility, the Unmanned Systems Service & Support Center, in Blackstone, Virginia.

The Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, which obtained the Certificate of Authorization (COA) for aeronautical research, and UAV Pro are assisting Textron in moving its training and global service facility from its original location on Fort Pickett, Virginia to the new larger and comprehensive Unmanned Systems Service and Support Center. The new facility will continue to house the company’s schoolhouse for operators and maintainers, as well as the sustainment operations for its Aerosonde SUAS. The facility also supports research on UAS integration into national airspace through its COAs for the Aerosonde SUAS and Shadow M2. 

The 14,700 square-foot facility has two simulator rooms that can operate up to 12 total flight simulators; engine and air vehicle test cells; and space for air vehicle assembly, composite and engine maintenance, repair and operations. It also has airport access for UAS operations directly outside its doors. The facility’s two buildings have an expandable and modular design to allow for growth with business and product changes.

 


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Authored by Ms. Lori Ponoroff
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