Regulators Approve Brazil’s First Drone Supply Operation to Firm Utilizing ParaZero Security System – Drones Information
Latin American drone delivery company Speedbird Aero announced that it has received regulatory approval from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency, also known as ANAC, to operate two experimental drone delivery routes in Brazil. Speedbird Aero operates a proprietary delivery drone with an integrated ParaZero parachute recovery system and is now the first company in Latin America to receive regulatory approval for a drone delivery operation.
A hybrid logistics approach
Speedbird Aero has partnered with leading Latin American grocery shipping company iFood to provide an on-demand grocery delivery service that combines drone delivery with other forms of last mile transportation, including motorcycles, bicycles, scooters and e-bikes. The approved drone delivery routes connect two iFood hubs to a food court and condominium complex, greatly reducing the ground transportation time normally required for deliveries.
On the first delivery route, drones will pick up orders from the roof of a large shopping complex in São Paulo and transport them to a nearby iFood pickup center, where waiting couriers will take orders to their final destinations. For each delivery route, the drones take about two minutes to fly.
For the second delivery route, drones fly beyond line of sight (BVLOS) to a secondary iFood pickup hub approximately 1.5 km away. This phase will enable a broader sales structure and is expected to start in December 2020. “Our goal is to continue the development of unmanned air logistics in Brazil and Latin America while taking security into account,” says Samuel Salomão, co-founder of Speedbird Aero.
Security as the basis for approval
During the year-long certification process, ANAC regulators assessed the safety management and mitigation planning aspects for the operation of Speedbird Aero, including an autonomous ParaZero parachute system for each delivery drone in the company’s fleet. As part of the certification process, Speedbird Aero was required to perform six parachute missions, including a final live parachute mission in front of a team of ANAC officials that took place on July 9, 2020.
“All of these steps are part of a process that will lead to a commercial product,” said Manoel Coelho, co-founder of Speedbird Aero.
Drone delivery initiatives are on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic
Whether critical medical supplies or a fresh meal is being delivered from a local restaurant, the air logistics capability of drone delivery is increasingly in demand by organizations, but regulatory restrictions have proven to be the main obstacle to large-scale adoption. However, in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions, an increasing number of drone delivery initiatives have started to gain additional traction, including Zipline, Flytrex, Rouses Markets and Manna Delivery. In this area, drones are proving their worth as an important tool in creating more resilient supply chains and socially distant delivery services.
“Drone logistics is a fast growing industry and ParaZero is a leader in drone security. “This historic approval for the delivery of drones is in line with our vision to enable advanced drone services in urban environments.”
About ParaZero Limited
ParaZero (https://parazero.com/) was founded in 2014 to realize a vision that would enable the drone industry to reach its greatest potential by improving safety and reducing risk. ParaZero provides a smart and intuitive solution to enable the growth of the drone industry by designing, developing and deploying world-class autonomous security systems for commercial drones.
About Speedbird Aero
Speedbird Aero (https://www.speedbird.aero) is the first company in Brazil and Latin America to develop and operate unmanned aerial systems (drones) for air transport and the delivery of products and medicines. In 2019 Speedbird started the certification process for the first remote-controlled multi-engine aircraft in Brazil. The company’s goal is to further expand the delivery of drones with the support of its partners and under the supervision of Brazilian aviation companies.