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).
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
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 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.
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
SkySafe Launches New Drone Forensics Certification Course
Posted By: Miriam McNabbon: May 12, 2023
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
Drone defense and airspace security company SkySafe has announced its launch of a new certification course offering in-depth training on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) forensic analysis.
As the sole provider of all UAS capabilities for SCG Canada’s Covert Forensic Imaging Device (CFID), SkySafe is able to provide unique insight and training on all aspects of UAS forensics. As such, the company developed the Applied UAS Forensics certification course, granting law enforcement and forensic examiners the necessary skills to conduct forensic analysis on small commercial and consumer drones.
“SkySafe is a leader in the drone forensics space,” said SkySafe Founder and CEO Grant Jordan. “We’re excited to bring drone forensics training and certification to the market. As more drones become available, more people are finding opportunities to use drones for criminal activities. We want to provide law enforcement and investigators with the skills they need to combat these threats and prosecute the offenders.”
The course covers such topics as best practices for seizure and recovery of UAS devices, including storage, handling, and transportation of recovered drones, in addition to detailed information for conducting UAS teardowns. Participants will also receive hands-on training with a CFID, being taught analysis techniques for extracted artifacts and methods of evaluating pattern of life activity to determine threat potential.
“Our goal is to go beyond just teaching students about the popular tools for data extraction and analysis, and instead provide examiners with the key skills needed to become subject matter experts,” said SkySafe Director of Reverse Engineering Sarah Frances.
The first class will be held in San Diego from May 22nd to 24th, with further in-person and virtual classes to be held in the future. For further information on SkySafe’s drone forensics offerings, or to register for the certification course, visit www.skysafe.io/drone-forensics