First autonomous airplane gate-to-gate flight

  • April 17, 2021

Xwing plan to incorporate autonomous technology for regional air freight. Autonomous cargo flights are interesting with the predictable routes and the immense commercial significance of cargo delivery logistics.

Xwing announced significant progress in expanding and implementation of the AutoFlight system to seamlessly incorporate ground taxiing, take-off, landing and flight operations – all supervised from Xwing Control center through redundant data links. A Cessna Grand Caravan 208B recently performed a flight by leaving the gate, taxiing, landing and returning back to the gate provided that all air-traffic control communication was performed from ground and the flight was completely controlled remotely.

Xwing’s entry into the market appears to be well-timed as there is a growing quick-delivery demand. On the other hand, according to recent reports, there will be a global shortage of 34,000 open pilot positions by 2025. With e-commerce sales expected to exceed $4.2 trillion the success of e-commerce is inextricably linked to the efficiency of the air cargo industry. Xwing intends to use its technology for e-commerce logistics, increasing access to small airports and improving cargo transportation efficiency. Xwing believe the path to full autonomy begins with the air cargo market, with remote operators supervising fleets of unmanned aircraft.

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