Aero Kinetics Partners with FreeFlight Systems to Bring ADS-B to Unmanned Industry

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FreeFlight Systems’ NextGen Air Traffic and Navigation Technology Integrated into Aero Kinetics Unmanned Aircraft

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“We believe in always working hard to exceed the expectations of our customers, the FAA, and most importantly, the public. When it comes to NextGen air traffic and navigation technology, FreeFlight is an industry leader"

Aero Kinetics recently announced a critical teaming partnership to further enhance their effort to certify their latest generation multi-rotor vertical takeoff and land (VTOL) UAS with the FAA.

Aero Kinetics is proud to work with FreeFlight Systems to integrate their ADS-B avionics into the Aero Kinetics family of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for commercial use in the National Airspace System (NAS). FreeFlight has designed a lightweight and low-power ADS-B unit based on previously certified ADS-B products. This unit will be an integral part of Aero Kinetics’ continued development of safe and reliable unmanned aircraft. “We’re excited to partner with a company that shares our dedication to innovative technology,” said John DeBusk, CTO and VP of Engineering at FreeFlight Systems.

By incorporating leading technologies from the aerospace industry and beyond, Aero Kinetics has developed airworthy Unmanned Aircraft that leverage proven ADS-B technology to communicate with manned aircraft and ground control stations alike. “ADS-B is just the beginning,” commented W. Hulsey Smith, CEO of Aero Kinetics. “Innovation is part of our DNA. We transform the Art of The Possible to reality, helping our customers succeed. By working with thought leaders both in aerospace and in industries beyond aviation, Aero Kinetics is able to rapidly integrate technologies into unmanned aircraft that others thought impossible.”

“We believe in always working hard to exceed the expectations of our customers, the FAA, and most importantly, the public. When it comes to NextGen air traffic and navigation technology, FreeFlight is an industry leader,” said Mr. Smith. He continued, “We each bring years of lessons learned from the aerospace industry to Unmanned Aircraft Systems enabling our partners and customers to maintain a competitive advantage.”

Aero Kinetics continues to develop critical teaming partners to assist our growing customer base in the critical infrastructure, disaster/emergency response, border security, ranching and electronic newsgathering industries.

Aero Kinetics is an agile 21st century Aerospace and Defense firm with distinct business units in Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Aviation Engineering and Certification, Special Missions Operations, Aviation Consulting, and Aircraft Maintenance and Management. Founded by W. Hulsey Smith in 2003, Aero Kinetics rapidly delivers aerospace and defense technology, services, and solutions to our clients that enable them to maintain technological and operational superiority, by bridging the gap between the conceptual and the tangible.

Aero Kinetics has a proven track record of success, spanning more than a decade. We are focused on providing clients with the very best in diversified technologies. We continue to focus our growth on the commercial sector through internal advancements in emerging markets such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

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About FreeFlight Systems
FreeFlight Systems designs and manufactures high-performance avionics for flight safety and for delivering substantial safety, cost, environmental, and other benefits from the NextGen airspace transformation. Founded in 2001 and based in Texas, the company pioneered the first certified aviation WAAS/GPS receiver and the first rule-compliant UAT ADS-B system. FreeFlight Systems produces a range of high quality, American-made, competitively priced systems for installation in all aircraft types. For more information, please visit


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