Steamship Firm companions with Flylogix to trial UAV freight supply service for Isles of Scilly neighborhood – Drones Information
The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company has announced a partnership with the unmanned aircraft manufacturer Flylogix to test an expanded cargo delivery service at Land’s End Airport, which operates to and from the Isles of Scilly.
The two-year collaboration will investigate the feasibility of a regular unmanned logistics service for the Isles of Scilly community, initially using Flylogix’s own remote-controlled fixed-wing aircraft. The first test flight is expected before the end of the year, subject to regulatory approval.
In consultation with the Scilly community, the parties want to develop a new larger unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that will meet the needs of the islanders. Partners and investments are sought to support its development.
Ian Howard, chairman of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, said: “This is an exciting partnership that opens the next chapter in our 100 years of serving the island community.
“For us, it’s about using innovations to offer the community additional services. We want to investigate whether a UAV cargo service with a new generation of environmentally friendly unmanned aircraft is technically and economically feasible. This service can be for urgent cargo such as medication, but also for anyone looking for a fast delivery service for higher value items. “
Hampshire-based Flylogix operates a fleet of unmanned aircraft that provide the offshore energy industry with comprehensive, full-service operations across the horizon. The Flylogix team has backgrounds that range from Formula 1 to global communications to offshore engineering and search and rescue.
The company is one of just ten companies selected to work with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) innovation team, along with companies like Amazon and Boeing, to keep the UK aviation sector at the forefront of technology development.
Charles Tavner, Executive Chairman at Flylogix, said, “We are very excited about this joint venture with the Steamship Group and the potential to provide enhanced freight services to the island community. We bring artificial intelligence and satellite communication together to develop a new generation of unmanned aircraft. This partnership should be at the forefront of this work. “
The collaboration between the Steamship Company and Flylogix was welcomed in the Isles of Scilly.
Cllr Robert Francis, Chairman of the Isles of Scilly Council, said: “The Isles of Scilly Council is committed to helping its operators maintain and develop resilient, innovative solutions to the islands’ transportation needs. We welcome this innovative project as it tries out future-oriented, sustainable freight transport to the islands. “
Flylogix and the Steamship Company are currently applying to the CAA for regulatory approval to conduct a test flight from Land’s End Airport to the Isles of Scilly before the end of the year.
The Steamship Company provides lifeline passenger and cargo services between the mainland and the Isles of Scilly at sea and in the air and employs around 250 people. The company was founded in 1920 by islanders and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.