The National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) granted, this Friday (21) the first authorization for commercial deliveries by drone in Brazil. The permission was obtained by the company Speedbird Aero, in partnership with iFood, which will now be able to deliver products throughout the Brazilian territory.
According to the Agency, the authorization enables the DLV-1 NEO model to operate commercially on BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) routes, that is, beyond the pilot’s visual line of sight.
The drone will be able to carry out deliveries with loads of up to 2.5 kg within a radius of 3 km, including in urban environments, within the safety margins established in the project. The unmanned aircraft cannot fly over people, respect maximum and minimum operating heights and weather conditions.
“Using drones to deliver goods is one of the most anticipated applications of the technology. Brazil is at the forefront”, highlighted Roberto José Honorato, the Agency’s Airworthiness Superintendent.
According to iFood, the authorization granted is unprecedented and the first in the Americas. The company had already carried out tests with drones in malls in Campinas (SP) and Aracaju (SE) in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
““It is a unique achievement for Brazil. This is a historic milestone in aviation, but also in the development of society. It is the beginning of a change that brings new ways and will speed up deliveries in different contexts”, says Fernando Martins, head of logistics and innovation at iFood.
The company informed that, with the permission obtained, the project will continue to advance and the feasibility of the operation will be analyzed in different regions of Brazil.
Reference: CNN Brasil