Amazon's New Emergency Self-Destructing UAS by HYLIO ADMIN

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As the drone revolution marches onward, the public spotlight shines brighter and brighter on the safety of emerging UAS. Amazon recently patented an interesting UAS safety feature: exploding drones. When the autopilot detects a crash or systems failure, the drone will attempt to fly over uninhabited areas and disassemble as it flies. The falling shrapnel will be smaller in size and weight, resulting in less total damage to the fallout area. 

This method of damage mitigation is one of many creative solutions for a very pressing problem. Complicated drones that disassemble mid-flight may some day be an interesting solution to crash damage mitigation. However, Hylio believes in a more robust approach, especially when it comes to safety. The new H2000 UAS boasts a large, automatically deploying parachute, which safely controls any emergency decent to acceptable speeds. This parachute system is completely independent, and will not falter in the instance of any other system failure. A large on-board parachute may not be the most aesthetic, but is absolutely necessary while flying over urban areas.  

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Amazon's Self-Destructing Drones

DJI DRONES SPYING ON U.S. GOVERNMENT by HYLIO ADMIN

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US Officials say DJI is "Likely Providing U.S. Critical Infrastructure and Law Enforcement Data to Chinese Government". DJI is the world's largest drone manufacturer. The company put out a statement earlier this month contesting the allegations. In the past there has been a lack of great American UAS providers, leaving a hole for DJI to seize an unsafe and disproportionate market share. DJI controls a two-thirds share of the market in the United States and Canada, according to Skylogic Research. In a memo published this August, officials state that they "further assess with high confidence the company is selectively targeting government and privately owned entities ... to expand its ability to collect and exploit sensitive U.S. data". Emerging drone companies, such as Hylio, are quickly penetrating the market and showing the United States public that drones are one of the many products where it pays to buy American. 

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New York Times article

Official government memo

HYLIO RECEIVES COSTA RICAN GOVERNMENT APPROVAL: WILL BEGIN FOR PROFIT DRONE DELIVERY OPERATIONS JUNE 26 by HYLIO ADMIN

On June 20th, 2017 Hylio, partnered with GoPato, received permission from the DGAC (Dirección General de Aviación Civil) to conduct commercial deliveries in Costa Rica. Hylio is proud to pioneer autonomous drone deliveries in Central America.

Autonomous drone deliveries in Costa Rica will help alleviate congestion on roadways and allow those consumers who do not have a reliable method of transportation, access to more goods.

Businesses such as AMPM, McDonald's, and Applebee's will charter Hylio’s drones through GoPato’s courier services in order to deliver food from their storefront, directly to a customer’s home or workplace, in 15 minutes or less.

HYLIO + GOPATO MAKE HISTORY: PERFORM FIRST COMMERCIAL DRONE DELIVERY IN COSTA RICA & LATIN AMERICA by HYLIO ADMIN

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Between January 16 – 22, 2017 Hylio performed delivery beta tests using drones with courier service GoPato in Cartago, Costa Rica.

This marks the first commercial drone deliveries within Costa Rica, and all of Latin America.

Orders were recorded faster than traditional deliveries with fulfillment within 10 minutes or less. This was much faster compared to the 45 to 50 minute standard delivery time.

These controlled tests transported 1.5KG up to a 3KM radius from stores AMPMDoña Dona, and Hooters.

Hylio plans on increasing these numbers within a few months to 2.5KG packages and a 5KM radius with a 10KM max range.

Full drone delivery service in Costa Rica is scheduled to begin within a few months after further testing.

 

Local News reported about the event below:

AmeliaRuedaLa RepublicaRepretelEl FinancieroTeletica

DRONE DELIVERY: NEW REGULATIONS UNDERSTOOD by HYLIO ADMIN

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What does this mean for drone delivery?

  • Transportation of property for compensation or hire is ALLOWED.
  • The aircraft, including the payload and cargo must weigh less than 55 lbs total.
  • FAA airworthiness certification for the aircraft is not required.
  • The flight must be within visual line of sight of the operator. Remote viewing of a camera feed on the drone is NOT considered a visual line of sight. Also, the operator cannot be in a moving vehicle or aircraft during the flight.
  • The flight must be within the bounds of the United States airspace (More details and restrictions about where you can fly in Part 107).
  • You cannot fly over anyone who is not involved in the delivery.
  • Most restrictions in Part 107 are waive-able provided the operator shows the operation can be conducted safely. There will be an online process to obtain these waivers in the coming months.

Quick Overview:

  • Drone delivery is now legal in the US!
  • You must maintain physical line of sight with the drone.
  • FAA Part 107 (Link below) outlines where you can and cannot fly.

Helpful Links:

 Know before you fly
 FAA Regulation Press Release
 FAA Part 107 Summary
 FAA Regulation Fact Sheet