Airbus Skyways drone completes first shore-to-ship delivery [VIDEO]

Today, an Airbus Skyways drone loaded with 1.5 kg of cargo departed from the Marina South Pier in Singapore, and traveled a distance of 1.5 km where it landed on the ship deck of the M/V Pacific Centurion.  After transferring its payload to the shipmaster, the Skyways drone returned to shore, completing the 3 km […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 15, 2019

Regulators, aviation industry show new support for drone operations

Ever since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued strict rules in 2016 for the limited operation on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the United States, the air cargo industry has waited for a loosening of the regulations as drone technology has progressed at a rapid pace. Today, the FAA may be taking its first steps […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 12, 2019

CAL Cargo Airlines carries Israeli lunar spacecraft to Florida for launch

It may not be a giant leap, but it’s still a pretty big first step for Israeli aerospace cargo. Last Friday, Jerusalem-based CAL Cargo Airlines successfully carried “SpaceIL” – the first-ever lunar spacecraft created in the Middle Eastern country – to Florida’s Cape Canaveral for a planned unmanned mission to the Moon. Nicknamed Beresheet, which means […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 21, 2019

Drone systems chosen among top 10 African startups in Airbus accelerator

Three Africa-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) projects – two of which were designed to carry small cargo payloads – have been chosen among the top 10 technology startups in the latest Airbus Bizlab #Africa4Future accelerator program. The two cargo drone startups are Astral Aerial Solutions, a subsidiary of Nairobi-based Astral Aviation, and Ethiopia-based Maisha ICT […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 18, 2019

Chaotic drone situation at LGW still baffling officials

In a series of incidents that may become the “new normal” in this age of unmanned aerial vehicles, London Gatwick Airport (LGW) has resumed operations following several alleged drone sightings that forced the airport to shut down for 36 hours, beginning on Dec. 19, disrupting 140,000 passengers and 1,000 flights. However, despite reports from more […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • December 24, 2018

Agenda set for Cargo Facts EMEA conference

Cargo Facts, a sister publication of Air Cargo World, has officially released the agenda for its first-annual Cargo Facts EMEA, to be held Feb. 4-6 at the Westin Grand Frankfurt, in Germany. Building on the success of its long-running Cargo Facts Symposium and Cargo Facts Asia shows, and co-hosted by Frankfurt Airport, Cargo Facts EMEA shifts […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 7, 2018

Top 4 observations from TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum

Last week, TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum in Toronto concluded with about 4,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors in attendance after three days of what many agreed was a productive three days of meetings, networking and sharing of ideas about air cargo’s future. During that time, several announcements were made, such as the signing of a memorandum […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 23, 2018

TACF18: Cargo drones loom large over Toronto show [VIDEOS]

TORONTO – Amid all the talk of digitalization, blockchain and cargo communities at this year’s Air Cargo Forum, the session that earned the biggest buzz this week was the “Unmanned Freight Aircraft” panel. Rather than the small quad-copter demonstration projects seen over the last few years, the manufacturers showcased here are working on prototypes for […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 18, 2018

DHL flies medicine via fixed-wing drone to Lake Victoria island [VIDEO]

DHL has completed testing of “Deliver Future,” its pilot project to transport medicine using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Ukerewe Island in East Africa’s Lake Victoria. Over a six-month period, the fixed-wing “DHL Parcelcopter 4.0” (pictured), which utilizes German drone manufacturer Wingcopter’s tilt-rotor technology, successfully flew a 37-mile route to an Ukerewe Island in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 4, 2018

Flytrex drone service tees off at U.S. golf course [VIDEO]

Carrying an order of burgers and fries to hungry golfers is not exactly the same as landing a loaded FedEx freighter. But for drone logistics company Flytrex, it’s another milestone in the advancement in last-mile delivery, despite the severe regulatory restrictions still in place. In partnership with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) firm, EASE Drones, Flytrex today […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 5, 2018

Kenya’s Astral Aviation to purchase two Falcon cargo drones

Today, at the Farnborough International Airshow, Dubai-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company Falcon Drones Technology and Nairobi-based cargo carrier Astral Aviation agreed that the airline will purchase two of Falcon’s  Lucas-F250 drones (pictured), with an option to purchase another 10 of the aircraft next year. The drone has an endurance of 10 hours, a range […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 18, 2018

Drone-maker Natilus completes prototype taxi tests, releases images

Natilus, the cargo drone startup, has completed the latest phase of taxi tests on water for a 30-foot-long prototype of its planned, large-scale unmanned cargo aircraft. Aleksey Matyushev, CEO of Natilus, told Air Cargo World the prototype has been undergoing taxi testing since February. “The prototype has successfully completed medium-speed taxi testing in remote operation […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 31, 2018

CNS 2018: Autonomous vehicles may be inevitable, but will they be embraced?

PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. – The mention of autonomous vehicles tends to conjure images of flying drones and quadcopters. But Dan Murray, vice president of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), said that the vehicle that will have a far more immediate and lasting impact on cargo will be autonomous trucks, although it may be some […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 11, 2018

GEODIS, Delta Drone plan to roll out warehouse drone system this year

Today, the logistics industry is a step closer to fulfilling warehouse optimization fanatics’ fantasies. Logistics company GEODIS and French unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) maker Delta Drone have released a new timeline for their UAV system, which replaces the need for human labor in the inventory-warehouse setting. The partnering companies are now entering the industrial production […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 11, 2018
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