Monday, January 27, 2020

Yates Electrospace ready to unveil wide-body GD-2000 cargo delivery drone

Yates Electrospace Corp. (YEC) announced Monday they have completed the design and specifications of a wide-body version of its successful GD-2000 cargo delivery drone. The company will unveil the drone in July during the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom.

Developed by YEC based on real-time demand from U.S. and allied foreign government special operators including the U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the new wide-body is 60 percent larger than the standard Silent Arrow GD-2000, with a 140cu/ft cargo bay that accommodates five times more life-saving supplies, medicines and tactical cargo.

"The YEC engineering team used current flight data from the inaugural GD-2000 product line along with extensive computational fluid dynamics analysis to optimize the aerodynamics and glide ratio of this rather massive cargo delivery platform," said Chip Yates, YEC's founder and CEO, in a company press release. "With two launch customers on hand, our accelerated schedule delivers development units by the end of March 2020 and 10 flight test units throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2020.”

A full scale flight-ready Silent Arrow GD-2000 cargo delivery drone was unveiled in September at the Defense & Security Equipment International show in London.

Designed for immediate air response and emergency relief, Silent Arrow's tightly integrated packaging with its unique spring-deployed wing system transported inside the fuselage, high standoff distance and low cost has received enthusiastic reception from both the tactical resupply and the humanitarian / disaster relief markets. Silent Arrow is designed for fixed-wing and rotorcraft deployment of critically needed supplies, cargo and fuel under austere operating conditions and timelines.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

FBI Gulfstream jet up for sale

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) intends to sell a military C-37A, acquired and converted by the FBI in 2001 to an N registered aircraft, according to contract documents released Friday.

The sale is being managed by the FBI Special Flight Operations Unit (SFOU). “SFOU is seeking information as to typical fees schedule for similar sales, market trends and conditions, respondees’ experience with similar sales activities and marketing plan to ensure highest return on the sale of this asset,” the agency said in a Request For Information (RFI) document.

The FBI is conduct market research for information and planning purposes to determine the existing market capability of businesses to provide broker services for the sale.

Firms that wish to respond to the RFI should contact the FBI by Feb. 18.