Dronamics gets licence to deliver today

London, (ENGLAND); Geneva (SWITZERLAND) – Middle distance cargo drone developer and operator, Dronamics are in seventh heaven today after finally obtaining the licence to deliver today, as their tag line says.

The company has just announced that it has obtained the European Union’s (EU) Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC) – the first autonomous cargo do so – at least in Malta.

Recognised in all EU member states, a LUC is an organisational approval certificate granted by national aviation authorities to drone operators after satisfying the assessments and requirements as defined in Part C of Regulation (EU) 2019/947.

The LUC will grant an operator privileges that include conducting operations covered by standard scenarios without submitting the declaration; self-authorising operations conducted by the drone operator and covered by a PDRA without applying for an authorisation; and self-authorising all operations conducted by the drone operator without applying for an authorisation.

Dronamics got their certificate from Transport Malta Civil Aviation Directorate (TM-CAD).

“During the past several months, our dedicated CAD inspectors, who did the job diligently, validated our belief in new technologies and innovation within the aviation industry,” said Director General TM-CAD, Capt. Charles Pace.

“Since the initial contact with Dronamics, the operational concept, the experienced and passionate team, and above all the company mission, made us believe that DRONAMICS will be the pioneer of a new, safe, and exciting era of the drone cargo long range operation.

“I would also like to thank the Rangelov Brothers and Dronamics’ Airline team for selecting Malta for their new LUC and we are proud to have DRONAMICS as our new member of the 9H community.”

Dronamics itself says the announcement – made during EBACE (European Business Aviation Conference Exhibition) – comes at a key moment when the company was preparing for the first commercial flights of its flagship Black Swan aircraft later this year.

Dronamics CEO Svilen Rangelov (right) with officials from TM-CAD. Picture: Dronamics

Carrying 350kg at a distance of up to 2,500 km, the Black Swan aims to disrupt middle distance supply chains by making fulfilment more efficient, resulting in cost, time and carbon emission savings.

Sergio Oliveira e Silva, the Dronamics Chief Operations Officer whose company has been busy racking up partnership agreements with airports across Europe in preparation for the Black Swan’s inaugural bow, was ecstatic at the latest developments.

“Becoming the first cargo drone company to obtain LUC certification is a huge milestone for us and validates years of hard work in developing our unique and market-leading solution,” Oliveira e Silva said. “Our team has been involved in numerous AOCs on several continents before, and we are continuously impressed with the world-class professionalism and expertise of Transport Malta, coupled with a pro-innovation mindset.

“With the support of such a sophisticated and technologically advanced regulator, and with Malta as our European operations base, we are well placed to progress our operations and start serving key routes across the Mediterranean later this year and continue our future expansion so that we can achieve our mission to enable same-day delivery for everyone, everywhere.”

Dronamics plans to scale up its operations and run its first commercial flights out of Malta and Italy later this year. With Malta as its European operations base, the company says it is well placed to operate its first routes over the Mediterranean, linking key hubs across the region.

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