UK’s Royal Mail launches drone delivery to remote Scottish islands

Aug. 4, 2023
The service will initially operate for three months but is expected to become the country’s first permanent drone delivery operation, Jack Deleo writes for Flying.

ORKNEY ISLANDS, Scotland - You can’t deliver mail in a maelstrom. That’s the unique problem facing island communities off the U.K. coast that must contend with service disruptions whenever poor weather derails ferry routes. But the challenge could be solved by a groundbreaking new service, Jack Deleo writes for FlyingContinue reading original article.

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4 August 2023 - Royal Mail and Skyports Drone Services have established a daily inter-island mail distribution service between three islands on Orkney. The project will initially operate for three months, with the intent to extend in the future. This is the first UK drone delivery project which can be conducted on a permanent basis under existing regulatory frameworks. This is due to the unique landscape of Orkney and the proximity of the islands to one another. This allows for flights to be conducted using extended visual line of sight (EVLOS) permissions rather than beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) permissions.

Letters and parcels will be transported from Royal Mail’s Kirkwall delivery office to Stromness, from where Skyports Drone Services will conduct drone deliveries to Royal Mail staff on Graemsay and Hoy. From these locations, postal workers will then carry out their usual island delivery routes. Skyports Drone Services will conduct the inter-island flights with the Speedbird Aero DLV-2 aircraft. The multirotor drone is capable of carrying payloads of up to 6kg.

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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