Flytrex, in response to the COVID-19 crisis and in partnership with EASE Drones, the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation and the City of Grand Forks, has launched its drone delivery service directly to backyards in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The initiative will provide necessities such as food, medicine and other essential goods via drone to selected households observing social distancing recommendations, helping address the growing health crisis by keeping citizens in the safety of their own homes and reducing crowding and unnecessary contact at local stores.
The company detailed how the deliveries will be made in cooperation with the Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial System Test Site (NPUASTS), with take-offs taking place across the street from a local shopping supercenter, where provisions will be purchased.
During initial stages of the pilot program, deliveries will be offered to a select number of area households which have opted-in to the service.
The Flytrex CEO, Yariv Bash, said: “In this time of crisis and social distancing, drones provide the ideal solution to bolster delivery capacity while keeping citizens safe at home.”
Adding: “UAVs offer safe, swift and efficient delivery of much needed goods with no risk of unnecessary human contact for consumers. We hope this initiative will alleviate hardships for as many of the people of Grand Forks as possible and help keep them safe and provided for.”
Flytrex also confirmed that the service will meet the highest drone delivery safety standards in full compliance with U.S. Federal Aviation Authority regulations.
Bash went on: “Following our launch in Grand Forks, with the continuing cooperation of local authorities and the FAA, we aim to expand our drone delivery service to help citizens in other areas of the town, the state, and the entire country – as quickly as possible.”