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A First: Manna drone delivery applies for EU operator’s licence

By Chris Stonor

Ireland’s drone delivery company, Manna Aero, has become the first company to apply to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) for a new drone operator approval, reports This certificate, known as a “light UAS operator certificate” (LUC), became available under new EU drone regulations, last month.

Manna is the first Irish company to apply for this LUC, following its recent highly successful Tesco supermarket trials of drone delivery services in Oranmore, County GalwayOnce attained, the certificate is recognised in all EU member states. Meanwhile, the application is being reviewed by the IAA in line with the requirements of EU regulations. 

A previous UAMN Manna article:

Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, the newly appointed Aviation Regulator, has welcomed the submission and emphasises the importance of a supportive regulatory environment for Ireland’s drone industry. “This is an exciting development,” he said. “Local delivery by drone is a green technology and also an economically efficient way to provide services to rural communities and isolated individuals, including delivery of food and medicines.”

Ó Conghaile continues, “The new pan-European regulation opens doors for innovative companies such as Manna Aero, giving them access to a market of over 500 million consumers.”

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