Drone Delivery Canada obtains licence to fly BVLOS
Drone Delivery Canada – the delivery drone company that recently started looking for opportunities to bring its drones in Kenya – are making the hard yards in trying to bring the fight to COVID-19’s doorstep.
After successfully testing its Sparrow drone in delivering Automated External Defibrillators (AED), to serve cardiac arrest patients in remote areas, the company has announced that it has received a Special Flight Operations Certificate (“SFOC”) from Transport Canada to fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) commercial drone delivery as part of responses to COVID-19 in the Beausoleil First Nation (BFN).
The BFN is a band of indigenous Canadian Indians living in the Ontario islands of Christian, Beckwith and Hope. They recently moved to Level 3 restrictions, and in addition to this, they now have roped in DDC’s drone logistics solution to allow for the two-way delivery flight route between the BFN mainland and the BFN Christian Island using the Sparrow drone and its DroneSpotTM take-off and landing zones.
The Sparrow drone has a total flight range of up to 30km with a maximum payload capacity of approximately 4.3kg and can fly autonomously. Recently, it was upgraded with a new functionality that allows a package to be loaded at the point of origin, fly to a destination, hover at a lowered altitude, drop a payload without landing, and return to the point of origin.
“As a clear leader in the drone delivery market, we are pleased to achieve yet another Company milestone as we continue to shape the overall industry,” said Michael Zahra, President and CEO of DDC. “We have been flying at BFN since September, and we are excited to be able to move to BVLOS operations, providing a more effective and efficient operation.
“This commercial COVID-19 operation, and this new SFOC approval, further demonstrate the commercial, healthcare and advanced technological capabilities of our drone logistics solution. We are grateful to Transport Canada for their overall support of the industry, especially during the pandemic, and we are proud of the collaborative relationship we have built with them,”
Flights will be monitored by DDC using the Company’s proprietary FLYTE software system.