By Chris Stonor
MissionGo recently announced the U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved its MG Velos 100 airworthiness criteria as part of the Type Certificate application, reports a press release. This is a major milestone for the drone cargo delivery company.
It is also expected the FAA will shortly be issuing industry guidelines for certification testing. This important advancement towards Type Certification of the MG Velos 100, manufactured by MissionGO, “coupled with the meticulous testing, documentation, and real-world proof that will follow, will advance MissionGO to a new level of operations leveraging its signature safety, reliability, and precision.”
Frank Paskiewicz, MissionGO Executive Vice President for UAS Cargo Operations, said, “Ultimately, the FAA’s Type Certification approval will qualify us to deliver on possibilities we’ve been preparing for and imagining for years.”
He continued, “Our goal is to be certified to fly precious medical cargo from Point A to Point B with even more speed and efficiency than before, saving time that could literally save lives. Type Certification will be a major milestone in proving we can conduct this important mission in a safe and reliable manner.”
Type Certification coupled with MissionGO’s expected Production and Part 135 Certificates enables MissionGO to fly more conventional routes through airspace, over people, and eventually BVLOS. Flights containing critically important cargo, like human organs en route to transplant patients, will be faster and more efficient.
Joining MissionGO in achieving this monumental milestone are strategic partners Velos Rotors, the company’s primary supplier, and AlarisPro. The MissionGO UAS design “includes Velos Rotors’ fully redundant and patented UAS components, which are critical in achieving the team’s required level of safety and reliability while simultaneously providing improved performance for the MG Velos 100.”
AlarisPro’s main capabilities of managing fleets and tracking operations and maintenance down to the component level “enable the team to know with confidence the detailed status of the aircraft and how an aircraft will perform, increasing safety, reliability, and efficiency on every flight. This trifecta of UAS experts forms a ground-breaking advantage in the industry.”
Thomas Meyer, AlarisPro’s Director of Commercialisation, commented, “To meet the FAA’s airworthiness criteria as part of the Type Certification process is an incredible undertaking. As a fully integrated solution that keeps track of all aspects of the flight operations during FAA-required Durability and Reliability (D&R) testing, AlarisPro is the essential tool to efficiently and accurately collect and analyse all data relevant to D&R testing for Type Certification.” Adding, “The ability to correlate and consolidate pilot information, flight logs, and aircraft status down to the component level within one software solution leaves no margin of error and yields almost real-time data generation.”
Once the MG Velos 100 is certified and operational, the AlarisPro data will also feed the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness for the aircraft fleet.
Aris Kolokythas, Founder and Director of R&D at Velos Rotors, said, “This important partnership with MissionGO and AlarisPro will prove that routine UAS cargo transport can be done safely and reliably by the properly designed unmanned helicopter.”
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