langue fr Isle of Scilly Skybus - 11/12/2020

Commercial drone service takes off for Isles of Scilly

A pioneering drone delivery flight has paved the way for a new lifeline connection with the idyllic yet remote Isles of Scilly and opened up the prospect of drone operations between airports across the UK.

Todays successful return flight from Lands End Airport in West Cornwall to St Marys Airport on the Isles of Scilly was the first ever freight drone flight between two UK commercial airports.

Specially sanctioned by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), it is breaking new ground in helping to establish rules for drones to operate along an existing and well used commercial air corridor, across two Air Traffic Control areas.

While only 30 miles in distance each way, the flight took the unmanned aircraft over some of the UKs most rugged scenery and out over the Atlantic, carrying an NHS supply box on the outward leg, and returning with a selection of local produce from the islands, including flowers and artisan gin.