First license for pan-European drone cargo operation
European Drone developer Dronamics has obtained the EU’s Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC) for its middle distance cargo service.
The LUC is recognised in all EU member states and provides drone operators with significant business opportunities across the single market.
The company is preparing for the first commercial flights of its flagship Black Swan aircraft later this year. The fixed wing aircraft can carry 350 kg at a distance of up to 2,500 km using synthetic fuel for more efficient supply chain operations in Europe. The company has a deal to supply drones to delivery company DHL.
The operational license was granted by granted by the Transport Malta Civil Aviation Directorate (TM – CAD) and allows Dronamics to self-authorise flight operations of its Black Swan aircraft across EU countries, including Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) operations.
Dronamics plans to scale up its operations and run its first commercial flights out of Malta, its base, and Italy later this year with the first routes over the Mediterranean linking key hubs across the region.
“Becoming the first cargo drone company to obtain LUC certification is a huge milestone for us and validates years of hard work,” said Sergio Oliveira e Silva, COO of Dronamics. “Our team has been involved in numerous AOCs on several continents before, and we are continuously impressed with the world-class professionalism and expertise of Transport Malta, coupled with a pro-innovation mindset. With the support of such a sophisticated and technologically advanced regulator, and with Malta as our European operations base, we are well placed to progress our operations and start serving key routes across the Mediterranean later this year.”
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