Skyports demonstrates medical delivery following Thailand CAA’s approval for BVLOS flights

Following approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights, Skyports Drone Services reports a successful medical drone delivery demonstration for Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health.

The showcase was conducted for the country’s Medical UAV Committee, which is tasked with exploring the potential use of drone technology in advancing the speed and efficiency of medical services across Thailand, particularly in remote and underserved regions. The Committee consists of members from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), the Ministry of Public Health and Department of Medical Services, with support from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), AEROTHAI and Satun Province.

Taking off from Ratchakit Prakan Stadium, adjacent to Satun Hospital, a 3kg payload consisting of medical samples were flown to a landing zone near Puyu Health Centre. Covering a distance of approximately 12km, the aircraft completed the mission in under seven minutes. The traditional route, which requires transport by car and ferry, would typically take approximately 55 minutes.

The demonstration serves as an important starting point for illustrating the feasibility and impact of BVLOS medical drone deliveries in enhancing speed, connectivity and safety in the delivery of supplies to remote and hard-to-reach areas in the country, says Skyports.

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