Houston-based AeroLift eXpress, joint venture partner of U.S. commercial drone operator Valmie Resources Inc., is preparing to head to Trinidad and Tobago for a meeting with the nation’s aviation authority to finalize plans for a demonstration flight of its unmanned aircraft system (UAS) transport service.
AeroLift is planning the trip in anticipation of signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with an international logistics company based in Trinidad. The company has shown strong interest in working with AeroLift to coordinate a live demonstration flight, which will be held on a Trinidadian Coast Guard vessel. According to Valmie, the demonstration will pave the way for AeroLift to begin negotiations for commercial operations with the company.
“While in Trinidad, we will meet with various additional companies who welcome this type of technology,” says James Stafford, CEO and founder of AeroLift eXpress. “Following the signing of the MOU and issuing of the waiver by the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority to hold the demonstration, we look forward to quickly moving toward operational status.”
AeroLift is a UAS transport service with the capacity to deliver payloads of up to 14 pounds at an operating radius of 250 miles. Stafford says AeroLift’s UAS will permit operations in challenging seas and terrain and offer the efficiency, speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft.
“After decades of costly, over-water helicopter and marine transport in demanding conditions, AeroLift offers an innovative delivery solution that is safer and more economical,” adds Stafford.