Ribbit has announced that it has won a CD1.3 million contract with Transport Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to begin flying autonomous aircraft that will improve supply chains to remote northern communities.
According to the statement the contract will involve:
- Ribbit equipping Transport Canada with a single optionally piloted fixed-wing airplane along with remote crew and maintenance services to sustain autonomous cargo flights for a one-year period
- The Government of Canada collecting extensive operational data to help drive evidence-based aviation regulations, standards, and policy
- Ribbit flying in both urban areas (with an onboard safety pilot) and rural and remote regions (remotely piloted) along the same routes where they have signed retailers and wholesalers.
The company says it has already been issued a Special Flight Operations Certificate for flight testing without a pilot on board, and will expand on these approvals for operations along select routes in remote areas.
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