Black Swan Drone. Source: Dronamics
Middle-mile drone company Dronamics has obtained the European Union’s Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC) that will allow it to self-authorise flight operations of its Black Swan aircraft.
The LUC applies to EU countries and includes Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) operations.
Dronamics, which in December revealed its first production Black Swan drone, said that it is the first cargo drone company to secure the licence granted by the Transport Malta Civil Aviation Directorate.
The company plans to scale up its operations and run its first commercial flights out of Malta and Italy later this year.
It will use Malta as its European operations base and operate its first routes over the Mediterranean, linking key hubs across the region.
Dronamics chief operating officer Sergio Oliveira e Silva said: “Becoming the first cargo drone company to obtain LUC certification is a huge milestone for us and validates years of hard work in developing our unique and market-leading solution.
“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 and continue our future expansion so that we can achieve our mission to enable same-day delivery for everyone, everywhere.”
The Black Swan aircraft can carry 3.5 tonnes to a distance of 2,500 kms.