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Why Soldiers Hate the Raven UAV

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  1. 29873711
    29873711 Oct 09, 2012

    As a veteran UAV pilot I can say that these guys repeatedly "throw" the Raven into the air at such an unusual attitude that even an expert pilot would not be able to recover it to straight-and-level flight. It is shameful that such untrained servicemen can be entrusted with its operation.

  2. 30532864
    30532864 Mar 20, 2013

    As a UAV Instructor/operator for numerous platforms, you OBVIOUSLY don't know how to properly launch or fly the RAVEN. what a waste of resources in your possession.

  3. 30884676
    30884676 Jun 23, 2013

    The Angle of Attack and acceleration inertia of the wings upon launch is too extreme, resulting in the Raven not generating lift as turbulence on the trailing edge is profound. I highly doubt they're even launching into wind. I'm sure following a good instruction manual reading these guys could increase its launch ratio's to at least one in two.

  4. 30904896
    30904896 Jun 29, 2013

    I agree with the last comments. I cannot believe these soldiers made a video like this. It just shows their inexperience with the Raven. Sad display of operator skills.

  5. 31380459
    31380459 Oct 17, 2013

    If they can't hand launch the plane they have 0% chance flying by the wireless video feed. I would love to have this job the fact they take it for granted is pretty sad. If you want to see what a skilled Civilian UAV pilot can do Look me up. My craft is only about $2,000 Google Blusky1 Blog Loving what you do or hating what you do makes all the difference in the world.

  6. 32455992
    32455992 May 12, 2014

    Clearly someone was not trained properly. The throwing technique they used caused the crashes. Not to mention no one called prop clear before activating the UAV. The Raven is an excellent piece of equipment if the magoos using it understand how it works.

  7. 33404164
    33404164 3 weeks ago

    I have logged hundreds of hours flying the raven in Iraq. The parts need replacing due to wear and tear just like any other piece of equipment. EVEN with a limited supply of parts, I did not have MANY issues. If you compare it to a Predator MQ-1, then sure..it's crap. But they have two separate missions. Hit the manuals, show what a proficient soldier you can be, and fix yourself before posting stupid videos like this.

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