In our June/July issue, we celebrate bizav with a visit to Sunwest Aviation in Calgary. We also profile Flightdeck Solutions, discuss northern aviation priorities, and remember the Dash 7. Plus: RCAF retention challenges.
On Feb. 19, Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) unveiled its largest cargo and farthest range delivery drone, named the “Condor.” The Condor was displayed at public and investor launch events at the TMX Broadcast Centre Gallery in Toronto.
The Condor has been in development for the past year and is the next generation in DDC’s drone delivery cargo aircraft. With a payload capacity of 180 kilograms (400 pounds), and a potential travel distance of up to 200 kilometres, the Condor pushes the limits in both cargo capacity and distances. The Condor is powered by a next generation gas propulsion engine.
The Condor measures 22 feet long, 5.1 feet wide and seven feet tall. It has a wingspan of approximately 20 feet, is capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and it is equipped with DDC’s proprietary FLYTE management system–which is the same platform used in all of DDC’s cargo delivery drones.
This is also the same management system that was used in the fall of 2018, during the company’s operations in Moosonee and Moose Factory, Ont., in support of Transport Canada’s beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) pilot project.
DDC will be working closely with Transport Canada to secure the necessary approvals to begin flight testing the Condor in Q3 of 2019.