Projects in North Carolina to mark a new chapter of Volansi’s commercial drone delivery service within the United States

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, August 4, 2020 – Volansi, Inc., the California-based cargo drone delivery service provider developing autonomous VTOL UAVs, today announces it has signed a teaming agreement with the N.C. Department of Transportation to begin commercial, middle-mile drone delivery projects in North Carolina. 

Volansi and the N.C. Department of Transportation will work together with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),  to gather data on drone delivery programs and how they could be incorporated long-term into the current transportation infrastructure and regulations. 

“We are excited to have this opportunity to work closely with the FAA and the N.C. Department of Transportation to help shape how drones fit into our home country’s infrastructure,” said Hannan Parvizian, CEO and Co-Founder of Volansi. “We believe that one day, autonomous flight will be as commonplace and accessible as mailing a letter, and Volansi technology will play a pivotal part in this transport revolution.”

Volansi will initially perform tests and VLOS cargo delivery flights under Part 107 as part of the UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) in North Carolina, with the intent to scale to more projects with additional waivers and permissions with the support of the N.C. Department of Transportation and the FAA.   

Projects will initially utilize the VOLY C10- Gen 2, Volansi’s all-electric, hybrid VTOL fixed-wing UAV. This enables Volansi’s drones to complete complex, two-way missions with minimal to zero infrastructure needs. Because the drones fully land at the delivery point, they can deliver and return cargo such as samples for analysis and diagnosis, or parts for repair. 

The drone flies autonomously and can carry up to 10lb of cargo over 50 miles. Volansi’s award-winning, in-house Flight Operations Team handles all operations of the VOLY C10 providing an end-to-end delivery service to customers.  VOLY C10 aircraft have already performed operations in Africa, the Caribbean, and in the United States.

Volansi commended for its cutting edge unmanned aerial technology, capabilities, safety and standards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 18, 2020Volansi, Inc., the leader in autonomous VTOL UAV manufacturing and cargo delivery services, today announces it has received the Airmanship Special Award from the African Drone Forum for its outstanding participation and operational excellence in the Lake Kivu Challenge unmanned aerial vehicle flying competitions.

The Lake Kivu Challenge was part of the 2020 African Drone Forum held in Rwanda in February. A collaboration between the Government of Rwanda, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID/UKAID), and the World Bank Group, the Forum and Challenge aimed to showcase real-world use cases for autonomous drone delivery across Africa. The Challenge received more than 70 applications from drone companies headquartered in 35 countries, with the top ten finalists invited to put their drones and operators to the test through real-life scenarios at Lake Kivu in Western Rwanda.

“We see Airmanship as a multi-dimensional concept and a mindset that every member of our team strives to embody every day,” said Volansi CEO and Co-Founder, Hannan Parvizian. “We are honored to receive the Airmanship Award from the African Drone Forum organizers and see it as another validation of our ability to continue to transform the way critical goods are transported to the places they are needed most.”

As part of the flying competition, participants underwent rigorous scrutineering of their safety practices, training standards, maintenance procedures, risk mitigation, and concepts of operation. All areas that Volansi excels in.

“Our team was able to leverage the experience we have from our on-going, operational projects already occurring in Africa and elsewhere,” said Mike Jackson, Director of Flight Operations at Volansi and recently retired US Air Force Special Operations Colonel. “That ability to scale over and over is our differentiator. We have operational standards and procedures already in place, which is important for disciplined and professional aviation operations- especially ones that rely on automated flight.”

In addition to having experience within the region and award-winning operational practices, Volansi’s UAVs are uniquely suited to the complicated terrain of Africa due to the hybrid flight system employed in their design that combines electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) with a fixed-wing, “pusher”-driven forward flight mode. This enables Volansi’s drones to complete complex, two-way missions with minimal to zero infrastructure needs. Because the drones fully land at the delivery point, they can deliver and return cargo such as samples for analysis and diagnosis, or parts for repair.

Moving forward, Volansi seeks to continue commercial and humanitarian projects in Africa, with the long-term vision of collaborating with local governments and communities to build the first interconnected delivery drone network within the continent.

Volansi welcomes Daniel Buchmueller to the leadership team

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 28, 2020– Volansi, Inc., an on-demand drone delivery service, is pleased to announce its recent hire of Daniel Buchmueller as Chief Technology Officer. Buchmueller, a pioneering force within the drone delivery industry, will spearhead engineering efforts at Volansi, as well as set the direction for the company’s future unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and systems technology.

Prior to joining Volansi, Buchmueller was Vice President, Head of Drone Cargo by Airbus and Co-Founder of Amazon PrimeAir, as well as Director of Engineering at Flatiron Health.

“I was attracted to Volansi after seeing the VOLY C10 fly. What they are doing is real and now,” Buchmueller said. “I believe in the company’s mission to make the world of the future a more accessible place and I think that UAV technology is the best multiplier to truly create change.”

Known across the industry as a passionate and fearless engineer, Buchmueller has extensive experience leading teams. “The incredibly talented people, the professionalism of Volansi’s flight operations, the culture instilled in the company, and the pragmatic execution of customer projects is ultimately what excites me the most about joining the team,” said Buchmueller. “These are the building blocks that will allow us to make the impossible possible within the drone delivery industry.”

“We are excited to have Daniel join our leadership team,” Hannan Parvizian, Co-Founder and CEO of Volansi, said. “We believe our technology is part of a global revolution in transportation, and Daniel is the kind of bold thinker we need to help Volansi revolutionize the way the world thinks about deliveries and how goods move.”