FLARE (Flying Laboratory for Aeronautical REsearch) is an Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA) derived by a commercial, off-the-shelf, ultra-light aircraft, TECNAM P92-Echo S. FLARE is a flying test bed (FTB) used for in flight validation of enabling technologies for UAV and conventional aircrafts. The whole flight system, with a Permit to Fly released by the Italian Airworthiness Authority “ENAC”, is composed by: FLARE as flight platform, a Ground Control Station (GCS) for remote piloting and to conduct/monitor the mission, and a Line of Site (LOS) Datalink. A dedicated no-segregated area for critical flight experimentation has identified and assigned by ENAC.


Main technical characteristics

FLARE flight system:

  • Engine Rotax 912 ULS with 3,5 Kw alternator power
  • MTOW 550 kg
  • Payload 30 Kg
  • Max Altitude 2500 m ASL
  • Speed 120÷165 Km/h in Clean Configuration and 90÷110 Km/h with flap out
  • Endurance > 2 flight hours
  • Datalink range 30 km

The FLARE flight system has equipped with an on-board experimental set-up mainly composed by:

  • Flight Control Computer
  • Servo actuators on movable surfaces and engine throttle with position sensors
  • Weight on Wheel and speed sensor on landing gear
  • Air Data Computer with experimental probe
  • Laser Altimeter
  • Differential GPS
  • Inertial Navigation System (INS)
  • Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) and Traffic Adsory System (TAS)
  • Satellite communications
  • Out of the window video camera
  • Portable Locator Beacon (PLB)
  • Payload full provision