Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Facebook Aquila 1A – N565AQ

It looks like we have a name now for the larger version of Facebook’s Aquila UAS, the Aquila 1A. Below is an extract from the FAA N-register and on the 26th of October 2015 Facebook’s Aquila 1A became an N-registered aircraft. The airframe is listed as being in the weight class of between 55 lbs and 12 499 lbs maximum all up weight, has a registration number of N565AQ and serial number F1501.

Facebook now have 3 N-registered UAS vs Google’s 2 as can be seen below.

The world is definitely an interesting place when a social media company is also an aircraft manufacturer. This has been known for a while obviously and it really does make sense for Facebook to utilize drones to push out laser & wi-fi signal while loitering forever above the third world. Although my mind still boggles ever so slightly every time I see an N registration next to the name Facebook and the word Facebook listed in an aircraft manufacturer column.

Maybe it’s because I come from the manned aviation world where the big names like Cessna, Beechcraft, Boeing and Airbus tend to dominate lists of registrations and the like.

The speed at which the N-registrations of UAS is growing is phenomenal and soon my mind won’t boggle ever so slightly anymore as we all get used to a world of certified drones operating commercially. The world is changing faster every day.

Facebook and Google Drones REgistry Table


Tiaan Roux
CIO, sUAS News | "My interest in UAS began in 2006 in the Masai Mara, Kenya where I was working as a bush pilot and met Gary Mortimer. I have always loved computers, maps, aerial photos and any kind of flying thing so the UAS addiction quickly took hold. Since then my interest in these technologies has grown from just an interest to building and flying small UAS as well as getting involved with sUAS News."