Chinese drones deliver KFC, Subway [VIDEO]

Consumers can rejoice!  With viral food crazes, like fried chicken, causing stores sold out of the product to face backlash from customers, drones may offer a viable solution to getting customers their cravings.  Chinese carrier Songba Airfreight is now offering a service utilizing drones developed by Chinese drone start-up Antwork to deliver takeout orders from restaurants, including Subway or KFC, to customers in Hangzhou. Customers […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • September 6, 2019

Elroy Air’s first large VTOL cargo drone test a success [VIDEO] 

Today, Elroy Air announced the successful completion of its first full-scale system flight test of its large unmanned aerial cargo aircraft. In the test, completed at 9:14AM PST on Aug. 14, 2019, the company’s lead test pilot remotely controlled the 1215-pound prototype to reach a height of 10 feet where it hovered for 64 seconds […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 28, 2019

UPS Flight Forward seeks FAA drone ops exemption

Under its partnership with California-based drone technology firm Matternet, UPS’ technology subsidiary UPS Flight Forward (UPS FF) is seeking exemptions from the Federal Aviation Administration in support of its Air Operating Certificate, according to a filing with the FAA. UPS FF is also seeking exemption from the: Special Authority for Certain Unmanned Systems (49 USC) […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 21, 2019

UPS reports Q2 growth on strong Next Day Air demand, announces new services and drone application 

Today, UPS reported second-quarter 2019 net income was up slightly by 1.0% year-over-year to $1.70 billion, on revenues that were up by 3.4% at $18.1 billion. Operating profit for the quarter grew 6.3% to $1.23 billion, as the company leveraged rising demand for U.S. Next Day Air service and cost management strategies in its International Package and Supply Chain and Freight segments.  The company also […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • July 24, 2019

Amazon unveils futuristic helicopter-plane hybrid drone for deliveries

Amazon.com Inc. has unveiled a revolutionary new drone — part helicopter and part science-fiction aircraft — that the company expects to use for test deliveries of toothpaste and other household goods starting within months. The new device takes off vertically, then tilts to fly horizontally like a plane. It also features artificial intelligence, using a suite of […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • June 5, 2019

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

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

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

JD.com developing heavy-load, fixed-wing drones [VIDEO]

BEIJING – At 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, a promoter in a rural village on the outskirts of Suqian, in China’s Jiangsu Province, phoned another villager to let him know his JD.com package had arrived. The order, placed just before midnight on the night before, was delivered via one of JD’s own-developed Y3 multi-rotor drones. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 14, 2017

Drone no match for these ‘flying tigers’ [VIDEO]

We’ve all heard of the legendary Flying Tiger Line cargo carrier. We don’t think they ever experimented with drone aircraft, but if this video of actual Siberian Tigers having a close encounter with a UAV is any indication, we’re putting our money on the big cats. As we head into the weekend, please enjoy this […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 18, 2017

Calling all drone operators! NVdrones wants your crash stories [VIDEO]

Have you ever operated a drone vehicle before? If so, have you ever crashed it? Don’t be shy now, we’re sure the failure rate has to be 100 percent, including the first time you turned on a quad copter and drove it into the concrete by accident. Well, a drone management startup called NVdrones says […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 11, 2017

Astral Aviation plans entry into drone business

Currently known best for the company’s scheduled and charter cargo operations, Kenya-based Astral Aviation is preparing for entry into the drone delivery business as early as next year, according to local sources.  Sanjeev Gadhia, Astral’s CEO, confirmed that his company has set aside US$500,000 to launch humanitarian-related drone services – that is, if Kenya’s Civil […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 28, 2016

Drones: Rise of the machines

 As it flew through the air, the buzzing drone looked more like a gigantic insect, hang­ing in the summer breeze, than the future of airfreight. It made a beeline for its appointed destination, and then suddenly halted, hovering over a designated spot. A tether slowly extended, lowering the craft’s vital cargo – 24 medical pack­ages […]
  • Staff Reports
  • September 2, 2015
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