DRONAMICS obtains first operational licence as drone cargo airline

Granted by Transport Malta Civil Aviation Directorate (TM-CAD), the licence allows operations in accordance with European Regulation (EU)

The Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC) is the highest authorisation currently achievable under European drone operations and the first one issued in the EU for middle-mile cargo operations

It allows DRONAMICS to self-authorise flight operations across EU countries.

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Help PUCA member with this survey.

Mark Patrick Collins is a Ph.D student at Capitol Technology University and Associate Professor Unmanned Systems from Indiana State University. and is member of PUCA.

He is conducting a survey for his dissertation and would like your input.  The aim of his research is to investigate the requirements for large unmanned cargo aircraft (LUCA) operations and to evaluate the anticipated needs of the FAA to support the integration of LUCA airline flights in the National Airspace Systems (NAS).  This survey should not take longer than 15 minutes to complete.

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The European Union Aviation Safety Agency published the world’s first guidance for the design of vertiports

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The ground infrastructure needed for the safe operation of Urban Air Mobility services such as air taxis in locations across Europe, including in urban areas.

The Prototype Technical Design Specifications for Vertiports offers guidance to urban planners and local decision-makers as well as industry to enable the safe design of vertiports that will serve these new types of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, which are already at an advanced stage of development.

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Three hospitals have launched Poland’s first regular long-haul drone delivery service

These will fly between Warsaw and the towns of Pułtusk and Sochaczew.

After successful tests that began in autumn 2020, the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA), a state body, has allowed for regular shuttles starting on 17 February. Six or seven flights are planned daily.

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Elroy Air Unveils Its Chaparral, a Hybrid-electric VTOL Cargo Aircraft

Elroy Air, the company developing the first end-to-end autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aerial cargo system, unveiled its pre-production Chaparral aircraft today. The Chaparral can autonomously pick up 300-500 lbs of cargo and deliver it by air up to 300 miles, a capability that pushes beyond the limited payload capabilities of delivery drones and the airport infrastructure required of piloted air cargo options available today.

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FlyingBasket performed first urban area flight operation with industrial cargo drone

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This flight was part of a logistic demonstration in collaboration with Leonardo and Poste Italiane, the Italian postal service provider.

The eVTOL cargo drone FB3 with 100kg payload capability has been in commercial operation since 2020, when FlyingBasket received the first operational authorization to perform complex logistic missions in sparsely populated areas. Having accumulated ample experience as a drone operator across several European countries, FlyingBasket was distinctively the reliable choice for this pilot project.

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Wingcopter receives Investment from Japan-based DRONE FUND

German drone delivery pioneer Wingcopter continues to fly high, announcing that it has received an investment from DRONE FUND. DRONE FUND is a Japan-based venture capital company specializing in drone and air mobility related startups. The investment is made out of DRONE FUND’s JPY 10 billion/USD 90 million strong third fund, called DRONE FUND III (officially DRONE FUND III Investment Limited Partnership), and comes in the run-up of Wingcopter’s Series B investment round. It is DRONE FUND’s first investment in eVTOL drone technology as well as its first investment in a German company.

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