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Bahamian firm uses drone to deliver package to Green Turtle Cay

Bahamian company Fli Drone, in partnership with U.S.-based company Volans-i Inc., has successfully used a drone to deliver a package from Abaco Aviation Services on Abaco to its final destination on Green Turtle Cay.

According to a statement, the company wants to expand the operation to service 70 delivery locations serviced from two main hubs, within the next six months to a year. The company stated it has the capacity to transport 1,000 pounds of cargo per day.

The first-of-its-kind flight for The Bahamas happened on June 18, the statement revealed.

“The delivery originated at Abaco Aviation Services, a private FBO at the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbour, and completed its delivery at Green Turtle Cay in 28 minutes,” according to the statement.

“Previously, this same delivery would require transit in both a car and on a ferry. Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities allowed the drone to land and safely deliver its payload without any infrastructure required. In total, the fully autonomous flight covered nearly 50 miles, crossing both land and water.

“The flight also marked the first time that a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) operated in controlled airspace at an active commercial international airport outside of emergency operations. Fli Drone was in communication with and is grateful for the support it received from local officials including Marsh Harbour Air Traffic Control.”

According to the statement, various public and private sector leaders and a member of government were on hand for the drone flight.

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Volans-i Inc. Hannan Parvizian said in the statement that The Bahamas is “willing and wanting to adapt to match the pace of technology”. He added that drone delivery could change the way Bahamians receive supplies.

“Innovation in delivery systems, such as the leaps that drone delivery systems have enabled, should allow everyone to have new ways to tackle the challenge of getting supplies where they need them at the exact moment they need them,” Parvizian said.

CEO & Co-Founder of Hogfish Ventures Robert T. Sweeting said The Bahamas is an opportune area for the use of UAVs to carry our island-to-island delivery with little infrastructure needed. Fli Drone is a Hogfish Ventures company.

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Hogfish Ventures Arthur E. Frisch added: “Bringing world-class UAV technology to The Bahamas is yet another example of Fli and Hogfish Ventures’ commitment to bridging the gap between Silicon Valley and The Bahamas.”

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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