The first IAA approved drone delivery took place in January. Will this historic event signal the start of a new era of drone use in Ireland?are
As drone enthusiasts here at Skytango we have watched the drone industry evolve and expand into new avenues one would not have thought possible just a few short years ago.
Drone deliveries are one of those. Companies like Amazon and Dominos Pizza have been very much at the forefront of many companies utilizing the use of drone technology for the delivery of goods and food.
It was no wonder we were extremely proud of our home country’s first official drone delivery pilot, 10-year-old school girl Belle Moore.
Belle, who goes to school in South Dublin, secured the license and authority of the IAA (Irish Aviation Authority) to fly during her project on drones for the Intel Mini Scientist Competition.
The drone delivery itself took place at 5pm on January 29th 2017 with a DJI Inspire 1 which took a parcel weighing 250 grams from the shoreline to a boat anchored almost 200 metres away.
The parcel contained medical supplies: an emergency thermal blanket, an Epi-pen, bandages, plasters, thermometer, first aid leaflet, gloves, wipes and burn dressings and also included a high energy bar and a bottle of water.
Pony Express Couriers helped Belle with the research and logistics of the delivery which took 2 minutes to complete. On hand to ensure the smooth dispatch of the parcel were Captain Gearóid Ó Briain, Head of Training at FlyRyte Drone Academy (training commercial drone pilots in Ireland), and our very own CEO of Skytango Steven Flynn.
Belle added “I am thrilled to have been part of today’s new record flight. I am very grateful to all of the Pony Express clients who completed my survey, the staff of Pony Express Couriers, First Direct Medical Couriers, FDS Worldwide, Ralph James and Niall Cummins of the IAA, Captain Gearóid Ó Briain of FlyRyte and everyone else who have been so generous with their time and information” said Belle.