Last Thursday (21st), the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) released commercial drone deliveries. The authorized model is the DLV-1 NEO, which can deliver in a radius up to 3 km and loading goods up to 2.5 kg. The clearance refers to BVLOS routes, that is, routes that extend beyond the pilot’s visual field.
With the novelty, iFood will become the first Brazilian company to carry out deliveries with drones — at least part of the way. Items will be transported by aircraft to a specific area, and then picked up by a delivery partner, who will be responsible for complete delivery.
However, every company that adopts this new delivery modality must pay attention to some rules, such as considering the Meteorological conditions ideal for flying, observing maximum and minimum heights of operation, don’t fly over people during the journey and, finally, keep away from potential sources of electromagnetic interference.
Tests with the drones
Anac’s authorization procedure took 8 months and four tests were performed. Disclosure / Anac
According to Anac, the development of the authorization process took 8 months and was made in partnership with Speedbird Aero and AL Drones. Throughout the entire process, four tests were carried out: three in São José dos Campos (SP) and one in Aracaju (SE).
According to Roberto José Honorato, superintendent of Airworthiness at Anac, “the use of drones to deliver goods is one of the most anticipated technology applications. Brazil is at the forefront”.
iFood explained that it had already been testing the new delivery modality since 2020, and, together with Speedbird Aero, it will be able to offer the novelty in all Brazilian territory. Fernando Martins, head of logistics and innovation at iFood, celebrated the innovation:
It is a unique achievement for Brazil. This is a historic milestone in aviation, but also in the development of society. It is the beginning of a change that will speed up deliveries with the use of an air modal on part of the routes.
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