Swoop Aero receives BVLOS approval in Australia
By DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has approved Australian drone logistics company Swoop Aero BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line Of Sight) for medical logistics operations in Queensland. The permit enables Swoop Aero to operate in a fully integrated airspace with an airport-based hub at the local airport in Goondiwindi. The integration will enable access to safe and sustainable drone logistics across the entire area. The network will overcome distance as a barrier to health care access for surrounding regional communities and make health care access more convenient.
“Today is a proud milestone for Swoop Aero,” said Eric Peck, CEO and Co-Founder of Swoop Aero. “With the CASA approvals, Swoop aero drones will take off right here in the Australian sky. Our approvals are proof of our strong regulatory experience abroad, our operational excellence in over 10,000 BVLOS missions in a number of countries and our strong operational processes. “
The BVLOS approval is supported by a DG (Dangerous Goods) approval, which enables the company to deliver critical medical supplies where they are needed while maintaining the supply chain.
“Australian airspace is changing rapidly to accommodate new airspace users like drone logistics. We pride ourselves on leading the way towards sustainable transformation to ensure our skies remain safe for traditional and emerging airspace users as well as the wider community, “added Zac Kennedy, Director of Regulatory Affairs. “To this end, we are working together in several government working groups and leading them to help shape the regulatory framework that promotes the safety and innovation of air mobility in order to overcome delivery barriers.”
Swoop Aero is scheduled to begin operations this month and will be merged with the local Goondiwindi Airport to safely integrate manned and unmanned operations.
“These surgeries will quickly connect Australian regional patients to medical supplies and equipment, even in emergency situations. Right now the region is at risk of flooding and the participating recipients, traditionally isolated, have access to critical supplies on demand, ”said Daniel Scandar, Australian operations manager for Swoop Aero. “We can close the loop of telemedicine for rural patients by providing on-demand medical logistics over the air. The potential of drone logistics to connect Australians is immense, and it’s incredible to be on the front lines with Swoop Aero. “
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Ian attended the 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 now contributes to DroneLife.
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