UAV Navigation to compete at Reno

UAV Navigation, a developer of flight control avionics and motion processing solutions, will sponsor a plane at the Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show from Wednesday Sept. 9-15.

Guillermo Parodi, UAV Navigation’s CEO and co-founder, will once again pilot the aircraft. Plane #36, call sign ‘N-A-RUSH’, is a Cassutt Special III, a single-seat monoplane racer designed in the United States in 1951 by ex-TWA captain Tom Cassutt.

UAV Navigation’s EFIS will provide a complete instrumentation system for the plane, including: Primary Flight Display (PFD), Horizontal Situation Indicator (HSI) and Engine Monitor (EM). All these functions are based on a core of the AP04OEM2 Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS), which is the heart of the EFIS.

In line with UAV Navigation’s philosophy for proving its designs, the Reno Air Race is an ideal environment to test products in an extreme environment with highly dynamic flight conditions, according to company officials. For the race, the EFIS will be relied upon to operate faultlessly up to 10G acceleration, officials noted.

UAV Navigation has experience in other motorsport events. It supplies the telemetry system used in the RedBull Air Race and other world class motorsport events such as MotoGP. Prototypes and concepts can be tested in real, demanding environments and later translated into final products for general aviation, unmanned systems and UAV Navigation’s OEM markets.

The Reno National Championship Air Races is the last pylon-racing event in the world. The latest edition will bring seven classes of aircraft racing around the course, anywhere from 50 to 500 feet above the ground flying wing-tip to wing-tip at speeds exceeding 500 miles per hour. The plane that UAV Navigation sponsors participates in the Formula One Class. Formula One aircraft are all powered by the Continental O-200 engine. The fastest Formula One aircraft reach almost 250 mph on the 3.12-mile race course in Reno. Many Formula One aircraft are built by the pilots that race them.

Founded in 2004, UAV Navigation specializes in the design of flight control systems and motion processors. It has offices in Spain, USA and Israel. Its high performance navigation and autopilot solutions are used by many aerospace companies in a wide range of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) such as high- performance tactical unmanned planes, targets, UAVs, helicopters and multi-rotor aerial vehicles. 

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