Commercial drone solutions specialist A2Z Drone Delivery has developed a long-range hybrid VTOL aircraft that can carry 11 lbs (5 kg) payloads over a distance of 24.8 miles (40 km). According to A2Z, the operating cost of its new flagship RDSX Pelican delivery drone is as little as 13 cents per kg per km. 

The A2Z Pelican delivery drone boasts a no-fuss, strategic airframe that eliminates common points of failure such as ailerons, elevators, and rudders. This simple yet durable design with minimal moving parts has the potential to make drone delivery even more cost-effective for service providers because it would help to extend the operational time between maintenance overhauls.

A2Z says the Pelican, which is available in multiple model variations, is designed to meet the 55-pound takeoff weight limitation for FAA Part 107 compliance. Moreover, to enable deliveries from altitude, the aircraft comes pre-configured with the A2Z automated drone winch….