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1st FAA-approved unmanned flight in civilian airspace set for Havana

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[May 11, 2012]  HAVANA -- Saturday the Illinois Army National Guard will make a second attempt at a first-time event.

The guard's Detachment 1, Company B, Military Intelligence, 33rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle platoon will attempt to launch and fly the Shadow UAV. This is the first-ever FAA-approved UAV flight in civilian airspace in the country.

The exercise is scheduled for 10 a.m., weather permitting, at Havana Regional Airport, 17968 County Road 1100 North. If there is inclement weather or high winds, the UAV will not be launched.

The soldiers of Detachment 1, Company B, Military Intelligence are highly trained professionals committed to the safety and privacy of the citizens in the Havana area. The fact that the FAA approved these guardsmen to be the first in the nation to use civilian airspace for UAV training flights is a testament to their professionalism.

The original launch was to have taken place last fall but had to be rescheduled due to weather.

[LDN; Illinois Army National Guard]

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