Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicles Are Closer Than You Think – Presented by Ed De Reyes, Sabrewing Aircraft, at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on 20 March 2018 at the North Carolina Global TransPark, USA.
Public perception – and the perception of many people in the UAV and air cargo industries think that Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (UCAs) still have a few years before they’re a viable way to move food, dry goods or even hazardous cargo.
In order to be truly viable, UCAs must meet or exceed the cargo capacity and safety record of the current generation of manned aircraft.
The lack of battery capacity in electric vehicles has fed the misperceived notion of trading payload for battery endurance, and battery capacity contains only a small fraction of energy storage capability that their manned-counterparts are capable of achieving.
Other seemingly difficult hurdles of Beyond-Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) operations and in congested airspace have all combined to give the impression that UCAs are years in the future.
The technology to fly UCAs that are superior to manned cargo aircraft – especially in regional cargo carriers – is available now…and most of it is off-the-shelf.
About Ed De Reyes
Ed is a US Air Force veteran with over 40 years of experience in aviation. Ed recently retired as a test pilot in manned flight test, with experience in more than 60 different aircraft – from fighters and transports to UAVs. Ed’s UAV experience began as a technician on the AGM-86B
About Sabrewing Aircraft Company
Sabrewing Aircraft Company is building the world’s first unmanned regional cargo aircraft, known as the “Wyvern” with a greater capacity than current aircraft such as the Cessna 208 “Caravan”, the Quest Kodiak or the Pilatus PC-6 “Porter”.
About Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference
This 6th edition of the conference organized by Jakajima will be hosted by US Cargo and North Carolina Global Transpark and is supported by Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft.
Scope: The Conference aims to bring together manufacturers, operators, knowledge institutes, consultants and government organizations active in the upcoming field of unmanned cargo aircraft.
Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (UCA) are a relatively new phenomenon; the first UCA service is to be started in Kenya this year. UCA offer the potential to transport loads of 1 to 10 tons or more over both short and long distances, on routes that are unfeasible or uneconomical for other modes of transport.
During the conference, internationally renowned speakers will introduce UCA development projects and potential applications.
Topics to be covered are:
- UCA business models: how to earn money with UCA?
- UCA configurations: what could – and should – UCA look like?
- Regulation: where are UCA allowed to fly, and under which conditions?
- Societal benefits: what can UCA contribute to economic and social development?
- Industrial participation: how can UCA contribute to innovation and what opportunities do they generate for new enterprises?
- Market analysis
Target group: Shippers | Carriers | Harbour authorities | Research institutions | Military | Ship manufacturers | System Integrators | ICT suppliers | Logistic service suppliers | Entrepreneurs | Investors | Airports | Governmental Institutions | Cargo Companies | Fulfilment companies | Retailers | E-tailers | Consultants
It is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and network with this pioneering community of unmanned cargo researchers, engineers, business developers and end-users.