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RQ-7B Shadow: Heed These Cold-Weather Precautions
By | Nov. 12, 2021
Operators, taking steps or precautions to protect your Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in cold weather is a must. First precaution: Don’t operate the UAV in an environment below 0 °C (32 °F) if the battery heater test...

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RQ-7B Shadow: Check for Oil Contamination
By | Nov. 8, 2021
Operators, if you maintain the Shadow UAV, make a note that there may be contaminated synthetic oil (PN 60578-2) within the Shadow fleet...

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Shadow: Don’t Throw Away Cables!
By | July 22, 2021
Mechanics, the Army Shadow team needs your help. They’re running short on some of the cables found in the Shadow system, so they’re asking you to check the list below before you throw any cables away...

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UAS: Cold Weather Tips
By | Jan. 5, 2021
Don’t get sidetracked. Now that winter is upon you, taking care of your Shadow and all unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in cold weather is important...

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UAS: Readiness Reporting Key to Mission Readiness
By | Sept. 14, 2020
Keeping unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the fight requires consistent readiness reporting. Maintaining readiness for your Shadow, Gray Eagle and all unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) means knowing the who, what, when, where...

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Shadow: Pitot Tube Discoloration Corrective Action
By | Aug. 27, 2020
If you’ve been stumped about when it’s time to change out your Shadow’s pitot tube due to  discoloration, check out the good word in TM 1-1550-1689-23&P (Apr 20). During your preventive maintenance daily (PMD) inspections,...

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Shadow: Pegasus Oil Still OK to Use?
By | July 21, 2020
Dear SFC Blade, There are questions from Shadow maintainers about the type of oil that’s used in the aircraft. We aren’t certain how the oil issue started, but there’s some concern the Pegasus oil used in the Shadow has...

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Shadow: Battery Maintenance Training
By | June 8, 2020
Shadow units, getting the full 10-year service life out of your lithium battery for the RQ-7B Shadow requires proper lithium battery maintenance and care. Following your TM’s battery maintenance schedule is crucial to a...

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Shadow: Cable Turn-in and Maintenance
By | May 22, 2020
Taking care of your Shadow cables begins with turning in unserviceable cables, regardless of the SMR code...

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UAV: Keep Your Shadow Mission-Capable
By | March 20, 2020
Operators and mechanics, keeping your Shadow aircraft mission-capable is a team effort. Over the past year, PM TUAS took the Shadow through a system review. Read the attached Flightflax article to learn more about the results...

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Small Unmanned Aircraft System: Parts Needed for Timely Orders
By | Dec. 9, 2019
Photo by 94th Airlift WingMechanics,Getting replacement parts in a timely manner for your small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) depends on you turning in parts.If your unit owns a Raven and PUMA SUAS aircraft, contact the...

Current large UAS platforms like this Gray Eagle provide important capabilities but need a runway to take off. These systems also have lower airspeeds and depend on data links and GPS signals. Future systems will need to be more independent to operate in a complex battlespace. (Image courtesy of AMRDEC)
UAS: Protect Gray Eagle Aircraft from Cold
By | Nov. 26, 2019
             Gray Eagle                                                       Gray Eagle, Extended RangeMaintainers and operators,It’s a fact that accumulation of snow, ice, frost and moisture on aircraft surfaces places the...