We will be flying a drone built by Dutch drone manufacturer Avy, the Avy Aera. This is what’s known as an VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) wing drone.
The drone can take off straight upwards, and once it has reached altitude, it transitions to aircraft flight. It is equipped with propellers both for vertical take-off and a pusher propeller for aircraft flight. The advantage of this is that relatively little infrastructure is necessary, for example at a hospital, to allow the drone to take off and land.
Span: 2.4 m
Cruising speed: 70 km/h
Maximum speed: 90 km/h
Maximum altitude: In the Netherlands, the maximum allowed altitude is 120 m.
Maximum take-off weight: 10.5 kg
Maximum load weight: 1.5 kg