Drone Delivery Canada Completes Successful Commercial Flights with Canary Drone on Longest Route

Published by:By Sharad Ranabhat for Beyond Sky
Drone Delivery Canada Completes Successful Commercial Flights with Canary Drone on Longest Route

In a groundbreaking achievement for the drone delivery industry, Drone Delivery Canada Corp. (DDC) announced the successful completion of the first flights in a commercial setting for their latest drone, the Canary remote piloted aircraft (RPA). The flights took place on the Care by Air route, covering an impressive distance of 13.4 kilometres – the Company's longest commercial route to date.

DDC completed three round-trip flights with the Canary on the Care by Air route, showcasing its ability to operate in real-world commercial conditions while adhering to Canadian Aviation Regulations. 

A notable highlight was the successful third flight, which took place under wind conditions that would have prevented the Sparrow RPA from flying. This demonstrates the Canary's improved flight dynamics compared to its predecessor.

According to Steve Magirias, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada, "The successful commercial flights of the Canary on the Care by Air route marks a significant milestone for our company and the drone delivery industry as a whole." 

He expressed pride in the team's dedication and innovation, which have pushed the boundaries of drone logistics, and he believes the Canary's impressive performance will revolutionize healthcare supply chains and make a tangible difference in people's lives.

Enhanced Performance and Versatility

Compared to the Sparrow RPA, the Canary showed notable improvements in key flight measures. It completed the Care by Air route in less time, with a 9% reduction in flight duration, and consumed 42% less battery power. Additionally, the Canary achieved a noise level reduction of 46% compared to the Sparrow, making it a quieter and more efficient option for drone deliveries.

One of the standout features of the Canary RPA is its ability to fly over people, allowing for more direct customer routes. This feature promises further reductions in flight time and improved utilization, making future routes more efficient than ever.

Canary RPA Specifications

The Canary RPA boasts a range of cutting-edge features, including a payload capacity of up to 4.5 kilograms, a range greater than 20 kilometres, real-time communication and tracking systems, and an integrated scale on the RPA itself. The latter leads to a 50% reduction in the number of batteries needed, making it an even more energy-efficient solution.

Safety remains paramount in the design of the Canary RPA, with an innovative parachute recovery system equipped on the aircraft. This advanced feature enables the drone to fly over populated areas, expanding its potential applications and increasing its versatility for various delivery scenarios.

Sr. No. Specifications Canary Drone Sparrow Drone

Max Speed (kph)

80 60

Max Range (km)

20 20

Max Payload (kg)

4 4

MTOW (kg)

25 24.5

A/C Type









(Source: Drone Delivery Canada Website)

Impacts and Advantages of the Canary RPA

The successful deployment of the Canary on the Care by Air route highlights the numerous benefits it brings to the drone delivery landscape. Faster and safer delivery of essential goods, reduced delivery costs, and enhanced accessibility to both remote and urban areas are some of the advantages that this new drone offers.

For DDC, the Canary represents a significant advancement in technology and capabilities, promising improved operational parameters for customers and greater operational efficiencies for the company itself. 

With the integrated scale designed onto the RPA, the Company can reduce ground infrastructure costs, expedite deployments, and provide a more robust solution to end customers. Moreover, the use of the Canary RPA can contribute to a more sustainable future by reducing the carbon footprint associated with traditional transportation methods.

What is the "Care by Air" project?

In a dedicated pursuit of advancing healthcare delivery, Halton Healthcare has collaborated with esteemed partners such as DSV Air & Sea Inc. Canada, Drone Delivery Canada (DDC), McMaster University, and Air Canada Cargo, to inaugurate an innovative pilot initiative known as "Care by Air." This pioneering project stands as a trailblazing endeavor in Canada, with the primary objective of facilitating drone-mediated transportation of vital medical resources, marking a significant stride forward in healthcare logistics.

Unveiled during the autumn of 2022, the "Care by Air" undertaking has meticulously outlined aerial pathways that span from DSV's headquarters situated in Milton, Ontario, to Halton Healthcare's Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH). This intricate network leverages DDC's Sparrow drone, the cutting-edge DroneSpot® takeoff and landing zones, and the proprietary FLYTE software developed by DDC. Through this collaborative effort, the project has effectively demonstrated the Sparrow drone's capacity to convey lightweight medical equipment, including essential test kits and swabs. Notably, the initiative has showcased the drone's remarkable attributes of speed, agility, and efficiency in comparison to conventional modes of transportation.

About Drone Delivery Canada Corp.

Drone Delivery Canada Corp. is an award-winning drone technology company with a focus on the design, development, and implementation of its proprietary logistics software platform using drones. 

As a publicly listed company, it trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol FLT, on the U.S. OTC QX market under the symbol TAKOF, and on the Frankfurt exchange in Germany under the symbol A3DP5Y or ABBA.F. 

The Company's platform operates on a Software as a Service (SaaS) model, catering to government and corporate organizations worldwide. With the successful commercial flights of the Canary, Drone Delivery Canada Corp. is setting new standards in the drone delivery industry and bringing forth a more efficient and sustainable approach to logistics and transportation.

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