SkyDrop gets approval for New Zealand drone delivery services
Drone manufacturing and transport company SkyDrop has taken major steps closer to launching New Zealand’s first aerial food delivery service, receiving regulatory approvals from the nation’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
News of the breakthrough came from Canadian air traffic control and situational awareness tech developer Kongsberg Geospatial, whose IRIS Ground Control Station is being used by SkyDrop to prepare its New Zealand drone delivery operation. After examining the partners’ planned system, the CAA issued three separate approvals necessary to launch that aerial service.
Those included certain beyond visual line-of-sight flights for last-mile deliveries, drone operation over persons and property, and deployment of what’s being hailed as “the first revenue-generating last-mile drone delivery hub with customers in New Zealand” – with an initial center in the town of Huntly.
Because the SkyDrop authorization was based on Specific…