We are currently in the process of registering with the FAA to have drones make deliveries of hot steaming coffee, iced coffees, and other coffee based drinks right to your home, or office within minutes of ordering. You will be able to select from a menu of coffees that we are brewing that day, and if you prefer to brew your own we will be able to deliver your coffee or coffees of choice to you in 16 (1 lb) or 5 lb bags if you are a bulk user of coffee.
Coffee ordered by the 1 lb or 5 lb bag can be ordered either as a drip grind, or roasted bean if you like to grind your own. If you have a home roaster we will be making green beans of select coffees available as the market and pricing permit, and our program grows.
Future plans beyond the delivery of coffee products by drone is the preparation of fresh sandwiches, soups, salads and desert items prepared fresh each day in our own kitchens. No precooked, prepackaged, or frozen foods, just freshly prepared food to enjoy with your coffee, or ordered for delivery by itself for your enjoyment.
All food items will also be available in our stores as well as a large selection of hot coffee, freshly ground coffee or roasted beans bagged in our green heat sealed bags ready for you to take home, or to your office and enjoy.
We will be developing an app that will allow you to choose your coffee flavor, from our extensive menu, and if you are hungry the sandwich, soup, salad, or desert item you are hungry for. After your selection just push order, and in a short time your order will be arriving fresh, for you to enjoy. The coffee and soups will be hot, and the salads and sandwiches will be fresh and yummy.
We are very excited about this new coming addition to our service and hope you will stay tuned to us and check back often to see when we will be opening a store near you and bringing this great home and/or business delivery service to your area.
We are very excited about this development and think that as the use of drones for delivery of food, drinks and other items grows, developers will start to build drone landing pads into their office buildings, high rise apartment and condos.
A 50-year-old Triad aviation company, an Israeli start-up and the North Carolina Department of Transportation are preparing to test a program to deliver meals by drone.
Rather than arriving at the front door like an order from TakeOut Central or Uber Eats, freshly prepared food will be lowered via cable from an autonomous unmanned aircraft hovering 70 feet above the customer’s yard.
The first flights will take place later this year in Holly Springs, the small Wake County town 20 miles from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, 74 miles from Greensboro, and 100 miles from Winston-Salem. The Triad company partnering in the venture is Causey Aviation, headquartered in Liberty.
The technology is provided by the 6-year-old Tel Aviv-based startup Flytrex, whose CEO Yariv Bash also co-founded SpaceIL, the Israeli nonprofit attempting to put the first privately-funded spacecraft on the moon. In August of 2017, Flytrex partnered with Aha, Iceland’s largest e-commerce company, to deliver sushi, hamburgers and beer across Elliðavogur Bay, which separates two of Reykjavik’s Northeastern districts. Malek Murison from Internetofbusiness.com reported that Skytrex’s drones cut Aha’s delivery times from a 20-minute drive to a four-minute flight.
In 2018, Flytrex and Aha expanded to 13 routes in the Icelandic capital, logging over 1,000 flights. Last August, Matt McFarland of CNN reported that the Israeli drones made its first incursion into the US delivering hamburgers to golfers at King’s Walk, an 18-hole course in Grand Forks, North Dakota. A golf course was chosen for the six-week test due to its open space, relatively few people and clear sightlines between the links.
In June of 2016, the FAA announced regulations for commercially operated Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). The rules, which don’t apply to private hobbyists, require a licensed remote pilot and restrict the drone to 55 pounds or less (including payload). Under these regulations, the drone must be operated in daylight and in direct line-of-sight and must fly at under 400 feet and less than 100 mph in uncontrolled Class G airspace (that part of airspace over which Air Traffic Control has no authority). Under this regulation, commercial drones cannot fly over anyone not directly participating in the operation or under a covered structure, and can’t be launched from a moving vehicle. All of these rules are subject to waiver by the FAA.
In May of 2018, Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced that 10 states had been selected by the USDOT as participants in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program, an initiative partnering the FAA with local governments and private sector participants to explore the commercial capabilities of drone delivery.
Along with local governments in Oklahoma, Virginia, Kansas, Florida, Tennessee, North Dakota, Nevada and Alaska, one of the selectees was the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
The USDOT announcement described the purpose of these public-private partnerships in the following passage:
“Over the next two and a half years, the selectees will collect drone data involving night operations, flights over people and beyond the pilot’s line of sight, package delivery, detect-and-avoid technologies and the reliability and security of data links between pilot and aircraft. The data collected from these operations will help the USDOT and FAA craft new enabling rules that allow more complex low-altitude operations, identify ways to balance local and national interests related to UAS integration, improve communications with local, state and tribal jurisdictions, address security and privacy risks, and accelerate the approval of operations that currently require special authorizations.”
According to the May 9, 2018, NextGov.com article “10 Drone Programs Get Federal OK to Break the Rules,” the NC pilot program “will include drones flying beyond the line of sight, at night and over people.”
However, according to “Federal Drone Pilot Program Overview” at Hollyspringsnc.us, the Holly Springs program will begin by operating “under existing Federal Aviation Administration restrictions limiting flights to daytime, line-of-sight operations that don’t fly directly over people,” and with only one drone flying at a time. According to that description on the town’s website, the program will start “with takeout delivery from one or more restaurants in Holly Springs Towne Center to a delivery location at Ting Park, across the park road from the tennis courts.”
The program’s FAQ states that, initially, “all flight routes will be within line-of-sight of the remote pilot at the take-off location at Holly Springs Towne Center,” and that the route to the Ting Park delivery location “will not allow drones to fly above houses.”
he FAQ also gives the following answer as to why Holly Springs is interested in the program:
“Drones offer the potential to reduce the number of vehicles on the road, thus mitigating traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. Drone delivery replaces a 2-ton vehicle driving on the road with an electric-powered 35-pound vehicle. This pilot program provides the Federal Aviation Administration, N.C. Department of Transportation and Town of Holly Springs an opportunity to assess how drones might play a role in our innovative economy.”
In a phone from Tel Aviv last week, Amit Regev, vice president of product at Flytrex, said that the Holly Springs’ program would apply lessons learned in Iceland.
“When we started testing this almost three years ago, we would take off from the [Reykjavik distribution] center, and then we landed at the site where we were delivering the product, so somebody would go to the drone and take the package, prove that the package was taken, and then it would take off and fly back to the distribution center.”
This, he said, proved impractical.
“We quickly learned that you really don’t want to land in somebody’s back yard!”
So, it was changed to a system where the drone arrived above the delivery point and alerted an app on the customer’s smartphone. “When you acknowledge this on the app, the drone descends to about 70 feet, hovers, and lowers the package on a wire mechanism to your backyard, so the drone never actually lands there.” The cable’s hook automatically releases the package, and the cable is retracted back into the drone, which ascends to cruising altitude and returns to the distribution center. “It never lands anywhere outside the center.”
Regev called this “a really good way to handle the logistics of delivery,” compared to “what you have in the suburbs, where somebody enters a car, which is far heavier than a drone and drives all the way to the destination.” He said, “a 25-pound drone is much less dangerous than a car, as well as much better in terms of the environment because everything is electric.” He expressed confidence that, once users become accustomed to drone delivery, “they will enjoy the experience much better, as it can bring anything in 10 minutes or so to your backyard.”
He said the drones could carry up to 6.6 pounds. “That’s the capability that we have today. I’m guessing that we will be able to carry a bit more down the road.”
He said that cruising altitude would be 230 feet. “The reason is related to noise, mainly. At 230 feet, people on the ground won’t hear a thing. When lowering to 70 feet, you might hear a small noise, but less than from a scooter or a car. And that part usually takes only 20 to 30 seconds.
“The drones are fully automatic. The flight plan is loaded from a center server to the drone, and the system executes the delivery accordingly. In the initial stages, there is a pilot holding a remote control for safety purposes, but no action is actually required from his end. Eventually, the goal is to have one pilot operating multiple drones together without any remote control. All control is done through a terminal on a PC/iPad.”
Check out the video below
Check out this great video of a drone delivering a package to a residence.
Sophie Grace Industries is bringing home delivery of coffee and other drink and food items to your neighborhood soon. Stay posted and check back often.