“Dark, dirty, and dangerous” describes the ideal job for a drone. With Drone Delivery Canada’s (DDC) newest approval, the company can add “dangerous goods” – which can include certain medical supplies – to their Drone Transport Initiative delivery program. Combined with DDC’s approvals to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) the company is demonstrating more of the real benefits of drones in supply chain logistics.
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by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M Crosby
Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) announced that it has received approval to successfully incorporate the drone delivery of dangerous goods for the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine’s ‘Remote Communities Drone Transport Initiative’ (“DTI”).
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These operations will all be carried out in compliance with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (“TDG”) Directorate approvals, as well as the Canadian Aviation Regulations and Transport Canada special flight operations certificates.
“This is another significant achievement by the organization to be the only Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (“RPAS”) operator that has been issued a TDG Certificate,” said DDC CEO Steve Magirias. “We’re very happy to further support our customer, UBC, with the flexibility of transporting dangerous goods via our drone solutions. This makes DDC the only RPAS operator in Canada to conduct beyond visual line of sight and dangerous goods operations simultaneously.”
The Drone Transport Initiative is already making use of DDC’s drone logistics solution to allow for a designated two-way delivery flight route. This delivery route employs DDC’s Sparrow drone and its DroneSpot takeoff and landing zones, which are utilized to deliver a wide range of supplies to the Stellat’en First Nation and the Village of Fraser Lake, in Central Northern British Columbia.
“We want to thank Transport Canada for their continued support to the industry,” Magirias added. “We continue to demonstrate our leadership and innovative approach by offering the flexibility of transporting any dangerous types of goods, including medication and lab specimens classified as goods, for our customers.”
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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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