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

Amazon files patent for ‘Laputa-like’ floating warehouse design

While some predictions of the future of air cargo may seem like “pie in the sky,” Amazon is considering making that phrase a reality. In its latest bid to reinvent the industry, Amazon has filed a patent for “an airborne fulfillment center (AFC) and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to deliver items from […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 29, 2016

ELEVATE panelists discuss rising importance of innovation in logistics

MIAMI – Air Cargo World kicked off the inaugural session of its very first ELEVATE Airfreight Conference this week with a panel discussion titled “The Rise of Air Cargo Innovation.” Panelists agreed the industry is nearing an inflection point, and the flatness of the air cargo industry is finally starting to gain dimensionality. No longer will […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 13, 2016

DHL ‘Parcelcopter 3.0’ gets James Bond treatment in Bavaria [VIDEO]

If it’s Friday, it must be time for another drone video on ACW… OK, we admit that we have a weakness for these little unmanned gadgets, but this particular system, created by Germany-based Deutsche Post DHL, is a far cry from the spindly, insect-like “Parcelcopter” we featured back in September 2014. This is “Parcelcopter 3.0,” […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 13, 2016

Flirtey conducts first autonomous drone test in U.S.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) took another tiny step closer to acceptance in the U.S. after Flirtey, an independent drone manufacturer, successfully completed what it is calling the “first fully autonomous, FAA-approved urban drone delivery in the United States.” The test took place with special clearance by the FAA in an uninhabited area near the town […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 29, 2016

WCS 2016: Saving lives with the help of Matternet cargo drones

BERLIN – On the final day of the World Cargo Symposium, the future of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the industry was a hot topic, especially following a morning presentation by Matternet, a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of drones that are currently being uded to deliver life-saving drugs to remote field clinics in Malawi. In the […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 18, 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