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Edmonton International Airport uses drones to deliver commercial packages – Edmonton

It is called a big step in the modernization of the supply chain – Edmonton International Airport will soon use drones to transport packages.

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In its first in Canada, EIA used Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) Sparrow drones to fly from the airport to a location in Leduc County.

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This is the first time an operation like this has been approved by the Canadian Navy. The airspace around all airports is heavily restricted for safety reasons and drone operations are prohibited without proper authorization. The airport said it and DDC spent months working to create new safety approvals and procedures to make these types of operations possible.


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The EIA says Sparrow drones will soon be transporting commercial packages on behalf of Ziing Final Mile and Apple Express customers, with Air Canada Cargo acting as the official agent for DDC.

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Air Canada Cargo vice president Jason Berry said: “Drone operations at airports will play an important role in the future of cargo connectivity.

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The airport believes this could be the next step in shipping things like medical products and sensitive goods to both densely populated areas like Edmonton, as well as remote, indigenous communities and north.

The airport also believes that drones could also be used in the last kilometers of certain journeys, to help reduce vehicle traffic and emissions.

“At EIA, our mission is to support economic growth and diversification in the Edmonton Metropolitan Area,” said Myron Keehn, vice president of aviation services and business development at EIA.

“Our national leadership in the integration of drone technology at an airport is giving birth to a new field in drone logistics. The integration of these sustainable technologies is the forerunner of enabling advanced air mobility, and it reduces barriers to the movement of goods and, in the future, people. “.

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The airport held a demonstration for members of the media on Friday morning, showcasing drones and how packages are stored.

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“We are entering a unique period in the history of transportation as we look to a future that opens up a whole new landscape of opportunities for the global supply chain,” said President and CEO. DDC executive Michael Zahra added.

The EIA said residents and drivers near the airport could see Sparrow drones fly over the QEII Freeway in the coming months, traveling between the airport and a landing site in Leduc County.

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EIA demonstrated how to use drones to transport packages of commercial goods. Friday, December 3, 2021.

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EIA demonstrated how to use drones to transport packages of commercial goods. Friday, December 3, 2021.

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EIA has demonstrated how it will use drones to deliver commercial packages. Friday, December 3, 2021.

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EIA demonstrated how to use drones to transport packages of commercial goods. Friday, December 3, 2021.

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EIA demonstrated how to use drones to transport packages of commercial goods. Friday, December 3, 2021.

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