DDC gets TC permission to test its drone in northern communities
November 17, 2017 By Drone Delivery Canada
Drone Delivery Canada has announced it has been granted permission from Transport Canada to test its drone delivery technology in the northern regions of Canada. DDC tested its drone delivery platform in the Moose Factory and Moosonee communities where it completed a series of successful flights comprising of distances of up to 2.12km all while maintaining visual contact.
DDC’s Drones operated in Class E air space which has hundreds of daily helicopter and aircraft flights taking place. While flying autonomously, DDC seamlessly integrated into this busy airspace.
For these tests, DDC’s OCC (Operations Control Center) coordinated these flights with NAV Canada and Timmins FSS (Flight Service Station) operating in VFR (visual flight rules). Multiple flights were made, all achieving 100% success rates while flying in some of Canada’s most extreme weather conditions that included strong winds, snow and cold temperatures.
“We are extremely pleased with our test flights in the Moose Factory and Moosonee communities,” commented Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada. “I would like to thank all stakeholders including the communities, the regulators, the local aviation community and DDC’s technical team to allow this co-ordinated effort to take place and achieve very positive results for all. Our technology has shown positive results through these initial flights to be a viable infrastructure solution for Canada’s North to help increase access and reduce logistics costs”, added Di Benedetto.
DDC will work under Transport Canada’s guidance to continue to advance testing and development throughout the Canadian geography including Moose Factory and Moosonee communities.
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