The first FAA approved drone delivery in the United States at the Lonesome Pine Airport in Wise, Virginia Coordinated by Virginia Tech, a NASA Langley Research Center SR-22 aircraft delivered medical supplies to the airport, which were then transported by Flirtey drones to the Wise County Fairgrounds, where a Remote Area Medical (RAM) Clinic. The event was attended by Virginia Governor Terence McAuliffe and Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands.

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Scheduling a Hokie Bird flight over a commercial flight can save both time and money. Flying services can often be customized to fit specific needs, including choice of departure times, and locations.

Flight days should be scheduled not to exceed 12 hours. For example, if a flight departs Blacksburg at 8 a.m. and arrives at Washington, D.C. at 9 a.m. the plane and crew must depart Washington, D.C. by no later than 7 p.m. for the return to Blacksburg at 8 p.m.

Provided a plane is available on consecutive days, it can be scheduled to fly to a destination one day and return the next. Additional charges apply, including overnight expenses for two crewmembers, and any fees charged for the aircraft at the destination airport.

Each plane seats a maximum of seven passengers; however, a minimum of three is required per flight. To receive an exception to the three passenger policy, a request must be submitted in writing to the associate vice president for administation.

Flights can be cancelled due to inclement weather. The chief pilot has sole discretion in deciding whether a scheduled flight can depart.

To schedule a flight or to obtain a quote call 540-231-2636 or send an email.


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