Dzyne Technologies and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have completed the first flight of an aircraft converted to unmanned operation using a removable robotic pilot. The ROBOpilot system was installed in a 1968-manufactured Cessna 206 light aircraft, which completed a 2-hr. first flight on Aug. 9 at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. ROBOpilot interacts with the aircraft in the same way as a human pilot, gripping the yoke, pushing the rudder pedals and brakes, moving the ...

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