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Why Soldiers Hate the Raven UAV

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  1. 29873711
    29873711 Oct 08, 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 22, 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. 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.

  6. 33404164
    33404164 Nov 26, 2014

    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'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.

    ELDERLYREPTILE Mar 16, 2015

    Has the Army considered launching this aircraft with the aide of a bungee cord? One end is secured to the ground with a stake. The other end to a with a loop tied in place. A rear-ward facing hook is attached to the belly. Prior to launch the cord is stretched and the loop placed on the hook. On a given command the aircraft is released. The combined thrust of the contracting cord and motor will put the aircraft 100'-200' feet high in seconds and with enough forward speed to keep it flying until control is established. I'll bet the # of launching crashes will drop to ZERO!

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