EHang selects first pilot city for UAM programme

EHang has chosen Guangzhou as its first urban air mobility (UAM) pilot city globally for the establishment of a low-altitude aviation transportation network that can shuttle passengers and goods. The pilot program will see EHang help the Guangzhou government set up a command-and-control centre to ensure that multiple AAVs flying simultaneously in the city can remain in the air in a safe and efficient manner and can swiftly respond to emergencies. EHang says it also intends to help the city build up the basic infrastructure to support urban air mobility, including by designing safety rules and market entry thresholds. On
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Collaborative drone fleet transports immunisation vaccines for children in DR Congo

A collaboration which included the Ministry of Health, VillageReach and Swoop Aero, with funding by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has vaccinated the first children receiving vaccines by drone in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The successful flights, which took place in the northwestern province of Équateur, are part of a broader strategy to reach remote populations with vaccines and other medicines called Nouvelle Génération des Chaînes d’Approvisionnement, or NGCA. The drone demonstrations highlight continued innovation to improve health, in the midst of the recent public health emergency declaration by the World Health Organization due to an Ebola outbreak. A
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FAA approves first flight beyond-line-of-sight

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the first drone flight beyond-the-line-of-sight, taking a huge leap towards the further integration of drones into everyday life. Last Friday, the FAA tested a drone flight with the University of Alaska Fairbanks over an oil pipeline to perform BVLOS, using a hybrid electric drone to inspect a four-mile section of the Trans-alska pipeline, according to reports. The team loaded the drone with an on-board technology by Iris Automation called the Casia system, a sense-and-avoid technology that can detect other aircraft and make decisions on what kind of threat they pose. The Casia
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Pierce Aerospace and Redwing Labs enter partnership for global drone delivery advancement

Pierce Aerospace and Redwing Labs have entered into a partnership in a move to advance global medical deliveries by drone. The companies have said that they hope by teaming up the strengths of Pierce Aerospace’s Remote Identification expertise and technologies and Redwing Labs' long-distance drone delivery aircraft and operations can be combines. Aaron Pierce, CEO, commented: ““I am happy to see Redwing Labs and Pierce Aerospace combining efforts to advance medical drone delivery around the world. As a former volunteer EMT, I have been a proponent of the potential of drones in the medical field and I see amazingly capable
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SAFIR demo project to help set rules for drone deliveries across Europe

C-Astral, a SESAR Joint Undertaking demonstrator project lead by Terra Drone-affiliated Unifly, has confirmed its successful participation in the first practical SAFIR flight and integration tests. Held at DronePort, Sint-Truiden, Belgium, SAFIR is a large-scale demonstration project aiming to showcase the economic viability of drone use in industrial environments. As a member of SAFIR, C-Astral was tasked to take off and perform high-tension line mapping. During the process, the company was also made to perform deconflicting by rerouting the drone flight and alternatively choosing a safe place to hover until the geofencing area disappeared. During these operations, the radio communications
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