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LONDON - 13th July 2023 - Dronamics, the world's first cargo drone airline with a license to operate in Europe, announced today it has been officially assigned both IATA and ICAO designator codes. Dronamics is the first cargo drone airline to secure these codes, granting it recognition on par with other international airlines.

Dronamics has been assigned the IATA designator code "OY," along with the accounting prefix "651." IATA codes play a critical role in the aviation industry, serving as essential identifiers for airlines, their destinations, and cargo documents. These codes enable Dronamics to be officially recognized as an airline entity, supporting commercial interline agreements with other IATA carriers, facilitating connections with freight forwarders, and enabling the publication of flight schedules through OAG, the world's leading provider of digital flight information. The IATA 2-letter Airline Designator code "OY" will be used to establish flight numbers for both scheduled and non-scheduled flights, providing standardized identification across its operations. Additionally, the Airline Accounting Prefix "651" grants Dronamics the ability to issue Air Waybills (AWBs), facilitating seamless cargo uplift within its extensive network.

In addition to the IATA codes, Dronamics has also secured the ICAO designator codes, further solidifying its presence in the global aviation community. The ICAO telephony call sign "Black Swan" and the 3-letter airline designator "DXE" have been assigned to Dronamics. These ICAO codes are widely utilized by pilots and air traffic controllers worldwide, playing a crucial role in flight planning, communication with air traffic control, and the dissemination of vital information through NOTAMs (Notice to Air Missions).

Dronamics Becomes the World's First Cargo Drone Airline with IATA and ICAO Designator Codes

Svilen Rangelov, co-Founder and CEO of Dronamics, Said:

"Becoming the first cargo drone airline with both IATA and ICAO designator codes is a testament to Dronamics' pioneering spirit and our vision for faster, cheaper and green air cargo for everyone, everywhere. This recognition by the leading aviation community reinforces our position on the international aviation map.”

By securing the IATA and ICAO designator codes, Dronamics has solidified its position as the world's first cargo drone airline. This reinforces Dronamics' commitment to innovating air cargo with its drone technology and opens up new avenues for collaboration, growth, and integration within the global aviation ecosystem.


Dronamics is the world’s first cargo drone airline. Аs a leading developer and operator of large, long-range drones built specifically for cargo, its flagship Black Swan is able to carry 350 kg (770 lb) at a distance of up to 2,500 km (1,550 mi) up to 80% faster, 50% cheaper and with up to 60% lower emissions than alternative modes of transport, including airfreight. This proven technology enables same-day shipping over very long distances for a variety of industries: from pharma to food, from e-commerce to spare parts. The company’s fast-growing team includes some of the most experienced aerospace, logistics and technology experts. Dronamics is Europe’s first licensed cargo drone airline and IATA’s first Strategic Partner for drones worldwide.

Dronamics is co-funded by the European Union under the prestigious European Innovation Council, Europe’s flagship innovation program.

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14 July 2023|Bot & Drone News UK & Europe, Press Release

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An adventurous kayaking trip turned into a nighttime rescue operation when 69-year-old Mark Thompson found himself stranded on an island in the Saco River. The Conway resident and his son had set out on the river near Diana's Bath in Bartlett with the intent to paddle downstream. However, a challenging stretch of the river resulted in both kayaks capsizing.

Although Thompson's son successfully managed to return to his vessel, Thompson himself reportedly lost his boat, opting instead to swim towards shore. He was last observed around 2 p.m., trudging onshore towards Route 16.

Upon receiving the report around 7:30 p.m., Conway Police activated a comprehensive search operation. This involved a joint effort between the North Conway and Bartlett Fire and Police Departments, Center Conway Fire Department, and the New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The mission culminated close to 11 p.m. when a drone equipped with a thermal camera, employed by Center Conway Fire, identified a heat source on an island in the Bartlett part of the river. Using a rubber rescue boat, the team managed to reach the island and found Thompson shortly after midnight.

Fortunately, despite the harrowing ordeal, Thompson was found unharmed, bringing a relieving conclusion to the tense search operation.

By: Haye Kesteloo

June 20, 2023

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The drones are helping in missing person searches, crime scene photography and responding to traffic collisions.

Two police forces in the South West have set up the UK's first operational drone squad to fight crime.

Forces up and down the country have been trialling the use of the mini aircraft as a cheaper alternative to helicopters for a number of roles.

But now Devon and Cornwall police and the Dorset force have combined to launch a unit which will eventually have 40 officers trained to fly the drones.

At £2,000 each, compared with £800 an hour for a helicopter, it's easy to see why police accountants like the DJI Inspire 1s drone option, but senior officers say the new unit will add flexibility and speed to a range of operations.

The full-time drone unit will be run from Devon and Cornwall and Dorset Police forces

The head of the unit, Chief Superintendent Jim Nye, said: "Drones will aid officers as part of missing person searches; crime scene photography; responding to major road traffic collisions; coastal and woodland searches and to combat wildlife crime.

"Drones can even help police track and monitor suspects during a firearm or terrorist incident, as it will allow officers to gain vital information, quickly, safely, and allow us to respond effectively at the scene."

The two forces have been monitoring the effectiveness of drones in a variety of scenarios, and with heat-seeking cameras available they can be used both day and night.

An officer from Devon and Cornwall Police with the DJI Inspire 1s drone

The Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, says the new equipment will help police forces facing cuts to their budgets.

But Phill Matthews from the federation says: "It's no coincidence the financial predicament that every force up and down the country has found themselves in has forced them to look at new technology and to look at doing things differently.

"What the cuts have done have focused people's minds a bit at looking at different ways and avenues."

Privacy lawyer Charlotte Harris says drones are "the start of a slippery slope".

"Will people know if they're being watched, will a drone be something you can identify, will it be something which is going to be in a public place, how many individuals who aren't part of an investigation will be affected by this?"

The police drone pilots, like everyone else in the UK, will be bound by civil aviation authority rules governing the flying of the unmanned aircraft.

But crucially, police can override them if they believe the situation necessitates it and that is likely to set off alarm bells with the civil rights lobby.

Drones from the trial have been used to help secure convictions in court cases, with evidence from them being used in jury bundles.

They have also located missing people and taken images of major crime scenes.

Mr Nye said that in the future, he anticipated that drones would be used to assist in counter-terrorism operations.

By David Bowden, Senior News Correspondent

Friday 14 July 2017 18:18, UK

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