Thursday, July 11, 2019

First Long-Range Drone Delivery Completed in The Bahamas Signaling the Start of Aerial Delivery Services

Volans-i, Inc. Announces Strategic Partnership with Fli Drone

SAN FRANCISCO, July 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Volans-i, Inc., an on-demand drone delivery business based in San Francisco, CA, announced today a strategic partnership with Fli Drone, a Hogfish Ventures company, to provide on-demand drone delivery services in The Bahamas. To cement the partnership, the companies successfully completed the first long-range unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivery in The Bahamas on June 18, 2019.

The delivery originated at Abaco Aviation Services, a private FBO at The Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbour and completed its delivery at Green Turtle Cay in 28 minutes. Previously this same delivery would require transit in both a car and on a ferry. Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities allowed the drone to land and safely deliver its payload without any infrastructure required. In total, the fully autonomous flight covered nearly 50 miles, crossing both land and water.

The flight also marked the first time that a UAV operated in controlled airspace at an active commercial international airport outside of emergency operations. Fli Drone was in communication with and is grateful for the support it received from local officials including Marsh Harbour Air Traffic Control.  Read more >>