Phase 0 Technology Demonstration
Phase 1 Safety & Feasibility Testing
Phase 2 Measuring Effectiveness
Phase 3 Expanding Impact


United Kingdom

Year Flights Began


Contact Organization


Evidence Generated

Total # of successful flights


Max flight distance achieved

20 km

Type of flight permission secured

  • No permission required
  • VLoS
  • BVLos
  • Other – see full data set

Location of Flight Permission

  • Site specific permission
  • Broad geographic permission
  • Other – see full data set

Level of stakeholder engagement

  • No engagement needed
  • Engagement of regulatory bodies only
  • Stakeholders at landing and takeoff sites oriented
  • Community outreach campaign targeting takeoff and landing site and wider community

Max payload carried per flight

6 kg

Maximum flight speed

138 km/h

Duration of flight permission

  • One-time
  • Limited duration
  • Unlimited duration
  • Other - see full data set

Results measured

  • Surveillance image
  • Benefits not evaluated
  • Transportation time
  • Product quality
  • Costs
  • Health worker impact
  • Environmental impact
  • Other – see full data set
  • Results not measured
  • Contact organization for more details

References to Findings

Related Project Phases

Implementation Details

Status of Project


Contact Person

Alex Brown

Other Partners

Argyll & Bute Health & Social Care Partnership, Soarizon by Thales, Wingcopter


COVID-19 testing kits, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical equipment

Geographic Scope

Lorn & Islands Hospital (Oban) to and from Mull & Iona Community Hospital (Isle of Mull), Scotland

Funding Source


Drone Technology

Drone Supplier


Model Name

178 Heavy Lift - Skyports

Method of Flight

VTOL fixed wing


Electric motor

Power Source


Payload Capacity

6.0 kg
81 x 37 x 20 cm

Maximum flight time with full payload in still air

25 minutes

Radio Links

LTE (3G/4G), UHF radio, VHF radio and Satcom

Delivery method



Delivery & collection

Are major repairs possible on-site?

No, must be sent out or materials sent in