Air Methods and Wingcopter have teamed together to develop a healthcare drone delivery network in the United States. The 198 was introduced in April as Wingcopter flagship eVTOL fixed-wing drone.More than 300 sites are spread throughout 48 states in the United States, where Air Methods’ fleet of 450 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft conduct more than 100,000 deliveries of medical supplies and equipment each year to hospitals, primarily in rural regions.
Once in the air, the company’s flagship eight-rotor drone can convert from vertical to fixed-wing horizontal flight.During hovering flight, three packages (totaling five kgs) can be conveyed at once, each with its own winch. It has a range of 75 km (46.6 miles) and a maximum cruise speed of 144 km/h while carrying 5 kg (89.5 mph).
Plummer, Wingcopter CEO, is thrilled to be collaborating with Air Methods to build a safer drone delivery network across the U.S.” In Ireland, Vanuatu, and Malawi, our technology has been successfully utilized to deliver medical supplies, including insulin, vaccinations for children, and blood samples. Together, Air Methods and Sprights have the same goal of saving and improving lives, and we’re thrilled to scale this together.”