Farada Group authorised to begin first BVLOS drone medical deliveries in Poland

Farada Group received Poland’s first authorisation to perform commercial medical flights by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in February 2022. The permission follows many months of test flights, instructions, documents, procedures and processes by team members.

Regular flights of transport drones will take place on the routes between Warsaw and Sochaczew as well as Warsaw and Pułtusk.

According to the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA), regular long-haul flights will take place in the so-called a specific category in accordance with the EUROPEAN COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2019/947 of 24 May 2019 (consolidated version of 6 June 2020) on the rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles on the basis of a special operating authorization issued by President of the Civil Aviation Authority. Project coordination is by PANSA.

One of the tasks of PANSA in this type of undertaking is the development by the staff of the Air Information Service (FIS), the Warsaw Airport Control Service (TWR) and the Coordination Department of Unmanned Aircraft Operations, on the basis of which they will be carried out in a safe manner. The Agency is also responsible for publishing information on flights in ICT systems.

Flights are performed with the use of a vertical take-off aircraft at an altitude of 100 m AGL and at a speed of 72 km / h (air speed). The operator of the UAV system bears full responsibility for the security of the mission and for giving priority to other users of the space. The drone is equipped with ADS-B IN / OUT and a camera system to observe the flight route.

Each of the BSP flight routes is approximately 60 km long, while the vertical boundaries of the geographical zones will range from 60 m AGL to 120 m AGL. The declared UAV flight altitude will be 100 m AGL.

LabAir will perform repetitive, daily flights managed from an air operations management centre to reduce the involvement of couriers in cars. Thanks to electric propulsion, such transport significantly reduces CO2 emissions into the environment, says the Farada Group press release.

The first medical routes will be organized between the ALAB laboratory centre on Stępińska Street and hospitals in Sochaczew and Pułtusk. Further routes – Łomża, Ostrów Mazowiecki, Ostrołęka, and PKiN – are being approved.

The team comprises: Farada Group, LabAir and Alab laboratories, as well as two institutions: the Polish Air Navigation Agency PANSA, and the Civil Aviation Authority.

“The transport of laboratory materials, which are sensitive to temperature, has been our priority since the Group was created. We realise, especially nowadays, in pandemic times, how crucial it is to transport material for testing quickly. Our solutions are the answer to this need,” said Adam Cudny, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Farada Group.

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