Spright records longest US commercial BVLOS drone flight
Spright, the drone division of aerial medical service provider Air Methods, is now one step closer to launching the first bidirectional American medical drone delivery network. The company has set the record for completing the longest beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone flight by a commercial entity in the US.
The 29-mile flight was accomplished in Kansas using German-made Wingcopter 198 eVTOL aircraft. The fixed-wing drone departed from Hutchinson Medical Center in Hutchinson and flew to Rice County District Hospital in Lyons, reaching its destination in approximately 23 minutes. In comparison, the same journey would have taken 45 minutes to complete by road. This is exactly why medical drone delivery is so critical for rural areas like Lyons.
As Spright points out, economic pressures often limit the patient services available through community health centers in rural and remote areas. Medical supplies such as blood and critical drugs are often…