Malta becomes first European operation base for DRONAMICS
DRONAMICS has selected Malta as its first European operation base for its unmanned drone logistics service, Black Swan drone. Malta will now provide same-day delivery service with the Black Swan drone in 2022. This was decided after a detailed selection process with multiple national civil aviation authorities and leading customers in Europe. The first flights with the full-scale Black Swan aircraft which are scheduled for 2022.
Malta will serve as a starting point for the first commercial routes the company will offer, connecting the country via air first to mainland Italy followed by other destinations in the Mediterranean and all of Europe.
“Malta is the perfect operational and strategic location for our first flights of the Black Swan. We aim to connect Malta first with Italy where the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) has established testbed airports for remotely pilot aircraft system trials. Transport Malta and the Civil Aviation Directorate have given us a clear path to establishing our first commercial routes and we aim to do the first demonstration flights in 2022.” said Sergio Oliveira e Silva, chief operating officer of DRONAMICS.
“Malta has developed into a thriving hub with a strong aviation cluster that can support our expansion as the world’s cargo drone airline. We are very excited that Malta is going to be the first country in Europe that we will service, and its strategic position and great trade heritage make it the perfect location for our European base.” said Svilen Rangelov, CEO of DRONAMICS.
Ruth Sawers, the newly appointed Director of Business Operations Malta, has recently submitted DRONAMICS' light UAS operator certificate (LUC) application to Transport Malta represented by Charles Pace, Director-General, and Analiza Abdilla, Flight Operations Inspecting Officer of the Civil Aviation Directorate. The LUC is an organizational approval certificate that drone operators should obtain by the respective National Aviation Authority of registration to have operators assessed that they are capable of assessing the risk of flight operations themselves.