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#1820630
Will be interesting to see how a drone weighing 17kg with a speed of 40mph will cope with the prevailing wind conditions in the area? Tiree is the nearest METAR and TAF available.Perhaps they will ship the drones westwards by van and just use them downwind.Hard to see that they will have any worthwhile westerly progress against the strong prevailing winds.
#1820748
Skyport state drone speed to be 60 kt.
However the underlying principle of emergency medical care in remote areas is stabilisation and evacuation of the patient to a specialised medical unit by a dedicated skilled transport team. Basically what is needed is PEOPLE in and out by the most expeditious method. Everything else should be covered by competent planning and resource management.
#1820837
Steve J wrote:
Stampe wrote:Will be interesting to see how a drone weighing 17kg with a speed of 40mph will cope with the prevailing wind conditions in the area?

Where are you getting that from because the datasheet that I am looking at says that the Wingcopter has a maximum cruise speed of 42 m/s (90 mph).


Flyer home page header article !
A consultation of just two weeks – much less than usual – started this week on proposed temporary airspace changes.

The drones, weighing 17kg and flying at around 40mph, will transport Covid-19 testing kits and Covid-19 test samples for analysis.

Skyports is seeking a Temporary Danger Area (TDA) complex to be established during notified periods to enable the safe testing and demonstration of unmanned aircraft operations during a trial for up to 5 weeks starting on 8 April 2021. The TDAs will operate from the surface to various heights up to 950ft amsl.
#1820838
austerity wrote:Skyport state drone speed to be 60 kt.
However the underlying principle of emergency medical care in remote areas is stabilisation and evacuation of the patient to a specialised medical unit by a dedicated skilled transport team. Basically what is needed is PEOPLE in and out by the most expeditious method. Everything else should be covered by competent planning and resource management.


Bah humbug ;)
#1820865
austerity wrote:I have been told that these drones cannot operate in IMC, darkness or rain. The West Of Scotland does not appear to be a suitable location to attempt to provide a vital service in this manner rather than using the BN Islander at Oban.

I don't know who told you this.

I've sight of an email from the Regulatory and Policy Associate at SkyPorts (perhaps you also have sight of this?). Extracted from the email trail :

Question:
Can you ask him if his drones can fly in IMC, dark and rain and what would happen is sea fog is encountered.

Answer:
We would be able to fly in the conditions described inside our TDA.
There is also no technical limitation for us to operate inside that environment.
In an earlier trail they say they are planning on daylight hours only.


There are a number of discussions going on with members of West of Scotland LAA Strut and others - they have said they are looking at a few amendments to alleviate concerns, including changing routings.
It appears they had looked at the Glenforsa website and taken the hotel closing until date and assumed then they wouldn't interfere (not realising the airfield has separate times and is likely to be open for normal ops on 1st April).
In saying that - they haven't yet promised to make changes (etc) and Strut members are advised to submit their objections as stakeholders rather than rely on a single response from LAA.
#1820951
austerity wrote:Perhaps Ben K could tell us all how he would prefer to be treated for serious illness on Mull.


Bit of a stretch. The OP said;

riverrock wrote:....Looks like they want to add a TDA around Mull to allow drones to deliver COVID tests...


So I don't think I'm in danger of being evacuated by drone just yet..!