Drone Delivery Canada successfully completes first test flight in United States
Drone Delivery Canada ‘DDC or the Company’ , is pleased to report the Company completed a series of successful test flights during the week of March 5th, 2018 in the United States of America at the Griffiss International Airport located in Rome, New York.
“Testing at Griffiss was a natural extension for continued progress with our platform in a BVLOS non-segregated airspace environment. An active runway with large aircraft, helicopters, and general aviation aircraft is the latest advancement to our operations team airspace integration efforts and a progression from the knowledge learned during DDC’s Moosonee operations, which remain ongoing. We are pleased to report 100% success rate with all our test flights and look forward to our expansion into the USA which has now begun in earnest” commented Paul Di Benedetto, Chief Technology Officer of Drone Delivery Canada.
The Griffiss International Airport, located approximately 500 KM from the Company’s Canadian facilities, is one of seven FAA designated UAS Test Sites that provides BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Site) Research and Development capabilities and long-distance testing corridors within active airspace.
“I am pleased that Drone Delivery Canada’s testing at Griffiss International Airport was a success and that the company chose our test site for its first ever operation in the United States,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “This partnership is further evidence of how Oneida County is leading the way in the advancement and development of the UAS industry.”
Tests were conducted utilizing the Company’s Transport Canada’ compliant Sparrow Drone that has a lifting capacity of 5kg. Testing also included DDC’s mission control operations, the Company’s proprietary FLYTE management system as well as DDC’s proprietary DroneSpot™ Technology which provides secure and controlled take off and landing area for users to interact with. The real time data provided by the DroneSpot™ includes localized weather, surrounding aircraft awareness, weight and balance monitoring among other data points integral for safe public operations.