The Edmonton Regional Airports Authority has signed an agreement with Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) to launch "the world’s first airport drone delivery hub," according to a news release from October 28, 2019. The Edmonton Drone Delivery Hub will allow customers to ship and receive deliveries using drones.

According to a news release by Drone Delivery Canada, their "proprietary drone delivery platform" will be coming to both the Edmonton International Airport and the Villeneuve Airport. Out flight routes will be designed to take off from the Edmonton Internation Airport using DDC’s DroneSpot infrastructure.

The news release explains that Drone Delivery Canada and the Edmonton Regional Airports Authority will be in collaboration to “implement, promote and market DDC’s drone delivery services” to both new and existing customers.

The initial term of the agreement between ERAA and DDC is for five years. DDC also gives a shoutout to Air Canada who acted as their sales agent for this project. 

According to their website, Drone Delivery Canada is based out of Toronto and their focus is primarily on pioneering commercial drone delivery in Canada. “Drone delivery is a disruptive technology which will re-define the traditional shipping / delivery market,” the website reads. 

According to Global News, flying drones of a certain size can only be done with individuals who hold a specific pilot’s certificate. The regulations by Transport Canada include a number of other strict rules such as pilots' age limits, limits on how high drones can go, the weight of drones, and more. Violations of these regulations can result in fines up to $25,000 or prison time. 

 

Drone use in commercial space is not new. Drones have been used by Canadian police, to deliver medical supplies, and to track wildfires.

The news release by DDC closes with a second regarding forward-looking information. More specifically, they explain that the project is subject to a number of “risks and uncertainties” including “the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, and dependence upon regulatory approvals (both in Canada and internationally).”

Though there are a lot of forces that can impact the project, they've got a five-year contract to see what they can do about making a delivery for Canadian's faster, cheaper, and easier.


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