UAV makes first landing at major commercial airport

<p>An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has flown into a major commercial airport for the first time, with the announcement from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) that a Heron landed at Ben Gurion International Airport on 16 September.</p><div class=”container”><img src=”[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]3972d4dd-29da-41e8-8cc7-83113e5c0836?sfvrsn=93a89503_2″ alt=”A Heron UAV landing at Ben Gurion International Airport on 16 September, marking a first for unmanned operations. (IAI)”><p class=”text-body text-sm-center text-muted small”>A Heron UAV landing at Ben Gurion International Airport on 16 September, marking a first for unmanned operations. (IAI)</p></div><p>The medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV took off from Ein Shemer Airfield in northern Israel and landed at Ben Gurion before returning to Ein Shemer. The take-off, flight, and landing were entirely operated from the Ein Shemer control station using IAI&rsquo;s Long Runner operating system.</p><p>&ldquo;The Heron landed today at Ben Gurion International Airport, becoming the first UAV to land in an international airport alongside commercial flights occupying civilian air space,&rdquo; IAI said.</p><p>According to IAI, Long Runner allows UAVs to take off and land automatically on long-haul routes (ranges of up to 1,500 km and more) using satellite communication technology and a combination of accurate take-off and automatic landing capabilities.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
Source: IHS Jane’s 360
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