SpiceJet gets permission to conduct drone trials

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on May 29, 2020 Published on May 29, 2020

SpiceXpress, the cargo arm of SpiceJet   -  Arranged pic

SpiceXpress plans to use drones for medical, essential supplies and e-commerce products

SpiceJet has received formal approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to conduct drone trials.

Post trials and approvals, SpiceXpress, the cargo arm of SpiceJet, plans to use drones for medical, essential supplies and e-commerce products, it said in a statement.

“Testing of drone technology for last-mile connectivity and cost-effective cargo deliveries are a big leap in the air transportation of essential and non-essential supplies in India. We are extremely optimistic about using this exciting new mode of delivery for products like perishables and medicines which have a smaller shelf-life and need urgent deliveries in the remotest parts of India,” Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet, said.

BVLOS operations

A SpiceXpress-led consortium had submitted a proposal to the regulator to conductexperimental Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations of remotely piloted aircraft in response to a DGCA notice inviting Expression of Interest.

Based on the recommendations of the BVLOS Experiment Assessment and Monitoring Committee, SpiceXpress was granted permission for conducting experimental BVLOS operations.

The consortium includes Throttle Aerospace, a drone manufacturing company, AeoLogic, an analytics and software solution firm and Involia, which is a provider of air traffic awareness and collision avoidance services.

Published on May 29, 2020
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