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Duo touts unmanned aircraft at museum

April 21, 2014

Wapakoneta native Tim Hurley explains what the UAS is capturing as it flies its route around the Armstrong Air and Space Museum Friday morning. Friends and family members were offered the chance to control the Go Pro video camera attached to the aircraft. (Staff photo/Michelle Meunier)

Tim Hurley and Archie Stafford are both employees of the United States Navy, stationed at the Patuxent River, Maryland Naval Air Station and they are considered unmanned aerial system (UAS) subject matter experts working for the Academy of Model Aeronautics as part of their small UAS outreach program.

The duo was in Wapakoneta on Friday showing friends and family members their UAS by taking it for a test flight around the Armstrong Air and Space Museum.

Hurley, a 1996 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, said this was a great opportunity to stop in his hometown and demonstrate what he does for friends and family.

“Since I’m from here I wanted to come home and show the family and everybody this stuff,” Hurley said.

Many may not know what a UAS actually is, but if the word drone is used it may be a different story.

For Hurley and Stafford however, drone is considered a derogatory term.

“Well the word drone kind of describes something … you know it’s a drone, it’s not intelligent, it’s not self guided,” Hurley said. “A UAS is a very advanced and very complicated system, and using the term drone really doesn’t properly describe what it’s capable of.”

For a complete story, see the Monday, April 21, 2014, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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