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Local company exhibits at unmmanned vehicle convention

Billed as the world’s largest unmanned vehicle systems exhibition, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is hosting its 2009 convention in Washington DC this week.

Flint Hill Solutions in Augusta is one of about 300 exhibitors at the show, expected to draw 5,000 attendees from 30 countries.

Flint Hills Solutions recently received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly its UAV over an emergency response training area called Crisis City north of Salina. That’s an important step to help open up the market to use UAVs in emergency response situations, company officials say. The company also is working to miniaturize technology for use on UAVs and is working closely with Kansas State University in Salina.