Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider in the US, announced the launch of Spright, a newly formed drone solution, designed to help improve healthcare access and minimize supply challenges. Spright is a collaboration with Wingcopter, an industry-leading German drone manufacturer, and is creating a drone-based, healthcare-specific delivery network across the United States.
This new drone delivery network will improve access to urgently needed medical supplies for healthcare providers and the communities they serve. Air Methods will make this possible by deploying fleets of Wingcopter’s new flagship delivery drone, the Wingcopter 198.
JaeLynn Williams, CEO of Air Methods said that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated some of the real challenges in the healthcare system, particularly of rural US but provided an opportunity to find better solutions.
Spright will be kicking off this endeavor by partnering with Hutchinson Regional Medical System, in Hutchinson, Kansas, for the launch of an initial pilot project using Wingcopter’s delivery drones. This project seeks to provide a proof of how this new and exciting venture can provide relief and certainty for medical resources in rural America. Spright will provide additional details on this initial project as the deployment draws near.
The Wingcopter 198 is a state-of-the-art autonomous eVTOL delivery drone that enables safe, reliable, fast, and bi-directional medical deliveries. It is designed to provide maximum flexibility and ease of use in operations. The drone has a range of up to 68 miles (110 kilometers), a maximum speed of 90 mph (145 kilometers per hour) and can carry a payload of up to 13 lbs. (6 kg).
Wingcopter’s technology has been used globally to effectively deliver medical supplies, for example insulin in Ireland, children’s vaccines in Vanuatu, emergency medication in Malawi, and just recently, blood samples in Germany.
Today, Air Methods serves as the nation’s largest and most experienced FAA Part 135 Operator. Combining this operational experience with Wingcopter’s cutting-edge delivery drone technology gives Spright a unique ability and the resources to dramatically improve medical supply chains.