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Drone company moving into U.S. market

New manager will oversee company's regulatory affairs

Drone Delivery Canada (DCC) has appointed a former manager with the United States Federal Aviation Administration to oversee the regulatory process to allow the company to operate in the U.S.

Jim Williams has been hired for the newly created position of director of regulatory affairs, USA, as the company works to advance its drone technology into the U.S.

“As we move ahead to solidify the roll out in international markets, Jim’s industry knowledge and experience in the United States of America will assist DDC greatly,” said Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada, in a May 7 news release.

“We are very pleased to have Jim join the team and look forward to his contribution with our American expansion.”

Morris has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace sector, including 15 years at the Federal Aviation Administration. During his tenure there, the FAA approved the first commercial drone operations in the U.S. and published the regulatory structure that enabled routine commercial drone operations in the U.S.

Presently, DDC’s Sparrow drone, its proprietary software FLYTE, and the company are deemed compliant by the Canadian regulator, Transport Canada, within Canadian airspace.

DDC, through its newly formed American subsidiary, Drone Delivery USA, looks to export its technology to the U.S. to enable its larger American clients to harness and deploy DDC’s drone technology in American airspace.

The company is continuing to make progress with its Raven and Condor drones, which offer greater payloads and distance capabilities.