We are proud to announce that as of 25 May 2022, we are holders of our first drone airline license - the EU’s Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC). The LUC is recognised in all EU member states and provides drone operators with significant business opportunities across the single market. The announcement was made during EBACE (European Business Aviation Conference Exhibition) and comes at a key moment as we prepare for the first commercial flights of our flagship Black Swan aircraft later this year. Carrying 350 kg at a distance of up to 2,500 km, the Black Swan aims to transform supply chains by making fulfillment more efficient, resulting in cost, time, and carbon emission savings. We are excited that we are the first cargo drone company to secure the licence granted by the Transport Malta Civil Aviation Directorate (TM - CAD), the country’s Civil Aviation Authority. The licence allows us to self-authorise flight operations of our Black Swan aircraft across EU countries, including Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) operations. This announcement comes at a time when we prepare to scale up our operations and run our first commercial flights out of Malta and Italy later this year. With Malta as our European operations base, we are well placed to operate its first routes over the Mediterranean, linking key hubs across the region. Transport Malta has been spearheading the advancement of aviation innovation in Europe, thanks to its expertise as a global aviation hub as well as government support for the UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) sector.
“During the past several months, our dedicated CAD inspectors, who did the job diligently, validated our belief in new technologies and innovation within the aviation industry. Since the initial contact with DRONAMICS, the operational concept, the experienced and passionate team, and above all the company mission, made us believe that DRONAMICS will be the pioneer of a new, safe, and exciting era of the drone cargo long range operation. I would also like to thank the Rangelov Brothers and DRONAMICS’ Airline team for selecting Malta for their new LUC and we are proud to have DRONAMICS as our new member of the 9H community.”
Capt. Charles Pace, Director General of Civil Aviation Directorate Transport Malta (TM-CAD)
“Becoming the first cargo drone company to obtain LUC certification is a huge milestone for us and validates years of hard work in developing our unique and market-leading solution. Our team has been involved in numerous AOCs on several continents before, and we are continuously impressed with the world-class professionalism and expertise of Transport Malta, coupled with a pro-innovation mindset. With the support of such a sophisticated and technologically advanced regulator, and with Malta as our European operations base, we are well placed to progress our operations and start serving key routes across the Mediterranean later this year and continue our future expansion so that we can achieve our mission to enable same-day delivery for everyone, everywhere.”
Sergio Oliveira e Silva, COO of DRONAMICS
About Transport Malta - Civil Aviation Directorate:
The Civil Aviation Directorate within Transport Malta regulates all aviation activities in Malta and is a member of ICAO, EASA, EUROCONTROL and ECAC. The Civil Aviation Directorate ensures that the Maltese air transport industry, in all its aspects, continues to be developed in a safe and efficient manner in order to serve the island’s needs. The Civil Aviation Directorate has a range of responsibilities and offers a selection of services to ensure the safety of those involved and to regulate all practices.
*Pictured on header image: EBACE certificate ceremony (from left to right): Capt. Charles Pace, Director General, Civil Aviation Directorate Transport Malta (TM-CAD) Joseph Bugeja, Chairman and CEO of Transport Malta Connie Di Cesare, Head of Initial Certification & Business Development, TM-CAD Hon. Aaron Farrugia, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Malta Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder & CEO, Dronamics