Flytrex – Scalable Drone Delivery Operations

by Wes Shover, Head of US Operations, Flytrex Aviation

Flytrex provides comprehensive autonomous drone delivery systems that enable any business, from SMBs to e-commerce giants, to integrate on-demand autonomous drone delivery into their offering. From facilitating the regulatory process to providing the drones, a cloud-based drone management system, insurance and maintenance, Flytrex is the leading end-to-end drone logistics service spearheading the drone revolution. In this presentation we will share what we have learned through the operational experience in Iceland, Latin America, and the United States.

program: https://unmannedcargoaircraftconference.com/program/

What drives you?
The opportunity to be on a team that is pioneering a very challenging use case for unmanned systems is extremely motivating. In the United States, since Part 107, the FAA and regulations directing UAS operations are still unfolding today. For our company, Part 107 rules do not apply in most scaled operations in the US. But, we are leveraging these rules as a baseline for becoming a certified air carrier under Part 135 and Part 91 – those of which were written many years ago, at a time where unmanned aircraft were science fiction.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Flytrex has been operating unmanned aircraft for compensation for over two years. Although we are still working to perfect our aircraft and operations, we have been able to scale cost-effective operations in countries like Iceland and Costa Rica. By facilitating the regulatory processes with the local aviation authorities, we are delivering goods to real customers today. We’d like to share with you how we have grown operations abroad and how we altered our approach in the US to commence operations under FAA rules.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
The FAA nor industry hasn’t really solved the “see and avoid” challenge for unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace. At first, the thought was ADS-B, but we’ve learned that the amount of drones flying today, if equipped with ADS-B, would make the system unusable for Air Traffic Controllers. This is due to the density of tracks that would exist on the system. Today, technologies such as remote identification, small ground radars, smaller airborne-mounted radars, optical detection sensors, and audible detection systems are all being fielded. At Flytrex, we are agnostic to the different types of solutions – we’re just waiting to see which system is the most effective in achieving the requirements under 14 CFR 21.113.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
If technology is able to provide an equivalent or greater level of safety than traditional, manned aviation, their impact would be monumental. Technology like sense and avoid systems and remote identification are not only applicable to unmanned aircraft, but some could even improve the systems on manned aviation as well. Today, general aviation aircraft are able to fly in some airspace with zero coordination, without ADS-B, and without radios. The advancement of these technologies could not only bridge the gap between manned and unmanned traffic coordination, but also solve some challenges at more economical prices.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Without question, regulations. The regulatory process is long and time consuming. Its very difficult for regulators to write a rule or provide a standard to follow for technology that is constantly changing and advancing. When a rule or standard is created, a new technology is developed that could be better than the last!

“Special Quote”
“Flytrex is making drone deliveries a reality today!”

About Wes Shover

Wes Shover serves as the Head of US Operations for Flytrex Aviation, Ltd and leverages his 12 years of experience in the Aviation and Defense Sector to lead the world’s first end to end drone delivery solution. Flytrex has developed and is currently operating its cloud-based mission and flight planning software in Iceland, Costa Rica, and the United States, using its proprietary delivery mechanism. Wes leads the Flytrex Team as part of North Carolina Department of Transportation UAS Integration Pilot Program and is aimed at enabling food delivery services all across the U.S.

About Flytrex Aviation, Ltd

Flytrex provides comprehensive autonomous drone delivery systems that enable any business, from SMBs to e-commerce giants, to integrate on-demand autonomous drone delivery into their offering. From facilitating the regulatory process to providing the drones, a cloud-based drone management system, insurance and maintenance, Flytrex is the leading end-to-end drone logistics service spearheading the drone revolution. In this presentation we will share what we have learned through the operational experience in Iceland, Latin America, and the United States.

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