Air cargo’s top 3 tech trends of 2019

Although 2019 was a challenging year for air cargo, it did see an exponential boom in the design and application of several disruptive technological products. Air cargo is often bemoaned as sorely lagging in digitalization, but 2019 could be remembered as a turning point for the industry. This year, air cargo had to not only […]

IAG Cargo announces successful drone trial at Madrid warehouse [VIDEO]

IAG Cargo has spent most of the last 18 months trialing autonomous drone technology in its Madrid warehouse, Carly Morris, head of innovation at IAG Cargo, told Air Cargo World this week. The successful trials established IAG Cargo’s ability to use drones for autonomous navigation across multiple racks, accurate scanning of air waybills and identification […]

UPS leans into delivery drone application ahead of 3Q earnings

Ahead of the release of its third-quarter results today, UPS announced a slew of new projects and technology offerings, including several new delivery drone projects for the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Several of the announcements relate to UPS’ technology subsidiary, UPS Flight Forward (UPS FF). First is a new agreement between UPS FF and CVS […]

Anti-drone powers are urgently needed at airports, task force says

(Bloomberg) — A task force looking into ways to prevent small drones from disrupting commercial airports is urging federal officials to issue promised regulations, saying that there isn’t proper funding and legal authority to tackle the problem. “We have to really push this and get it done quickly,” said Kevin Burke, president of the Airports Council […]

UPS Flight Forward secures FAA approval for drone airline [VIDEO]

The UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward (UPS FF) received the first full approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate a drone airline, UPS announced Tuesday. The Part 135 certification was received on Friday, at which time UPS FF launched the first drone flight ever under the certification. The first-ever flight under the FAA certification […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]
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