In the coming months, for the first time in the Netherlands, a medical transport drone will fly over a long distance between two hospitals. These are branches of the Isala hospital in the Dutch cities of Meppel and Zwolle. The aim is to investigate how urgent medical shipments such as blood, medicines, and diagnostic samples can be transported more quickly by drones in the future.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is wrapping up the UAS Integration Pilot Program this month. Today they held a special event to commemorate the drone program and to announce what will come next. The new program focuses on operating drones beyond-visual-line-of-sight and will be called BEYOND, announced Secretary of Transportation, Elaine L. Chao.
Drone Delivery Canada Corp. is pleased to announce that it has received a Special Flight Operations Certificate (“SFOC”) from Transport Canada, issued October 16th, 2020, for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (“BVLOS”) commercial drone delivery for the Beausoleil First Nation (“BFN”) COVID-19 operations, previously announced June 4th, 2020.
Avy, a Dutch solar drone manufacturer, has announced a successful test flight of its fixed-wing drone, marking a milestone in bringing long-haul flights one step closer to being emission-free. The drone is equipped with custom solar foil developed by Wattlab to reflect and absorb more sunlight and is designed to be used for urgent medical transport, support emergency services, and nature conservation initiatives.
Vigilant Aerospace uses a detect-and-avoid system for pandemic response drone test flight with Oklahoma State University and MaxQ. Vigilant Aerospace provided its FlightHorizon detect-and-avoid and airspace management system to enable beyond visual line-of-sight capabilities for a demonstration flight of Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) specially modified medical supply delivery drone on April 16.