Published On: Mon, Aug 26th, 2019

First passenger drone in Mexico will offer scenic flights in Tulum, Quintana Roo (VIDEO)

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According to Mexico News Daily, a Tulum-based real estate developer will bring the first passenger drone to Mexico before the end of the year.

Nico Wilmes, CEO and co-founder of the company Los Amigos Tulum, told the newspaper El Economista that the plan is to offer scenic flights over the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve as well as lagoons, cenotes and archaeological ruins located in and around Tulum, Quintana Roo.

“Everyone goes to Tulum for [new] experiences and this will be part of that,” he said.

The flights will take off from the company’s Panoramic residential development, which opened in May, and the Central Park Lagunas development, which is currently under construction and slated to open in 2020. The latter will feature Mexico’s first landing pad for passenger drones.

Wilmes, who moved to Mexico from Germany 10 years ago, said that after he became aware of Chinese passenger drone manufacturer EHang, he went to China to see the unmanned aerial vehicle with his own eyes, take a flight and purchase one.

“. . . We’ve managed to become the first company that will bring this passenger drone to Mexico . . . currently these drones only operate in China and Austria,” he said.

Wilmes explained that the EHang 216 flies autonomously, without the need for a pilot, and uses electrical energy.

“It’s like an electric car and here in Tulum we produce a lot of renewable energy with our solar plants . . .” he said.

The drone is made out of carbon fiber and epoxy, has 16 small motors, supports up to 630 kilograms and can reach speeds of 130 kilometers per hour. It also has built-in safety controls and an automatic landing system.

Ehang says the aircraft is able to take off autonomously, fly a route, sense obstacles and land. If anything goes wrong, a human pilot steps in and takes over the controls from a remote station.

The EHang currently costs around US $340,000 but the company hopes to eventually reduce the price to around $110,000.

“The idea is that in the future [traveling in] this vehicle will be much cheaper than a taxi because in a taxi you pay for gas, the driver and maintenance due to the wear and tear of the car . . .” Wilmes said.

The CEO said that in the future, passenger drones could be a solution to traffic congestion in Mexico’s large cities.

To that end, Wilmes plans to visit several cities around the country in 2020 to talk about the viability of introducing passenger drones.

Chinese-made autonomous aircraft carries two passengers

“We want to show that the Chinese are already flying [in passenger drones], that this is a reality. We’re committed to teaching about it and it will be up to Mexicans to decide what they will do with this technology . . . With a long-term vision and a lot of innovation, it will have a productive and positive impact,” he said.Source: MND

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  1. Hola Nico: says:

    Primero que nada quiero presentarme, soy Jesús Manuel Castro Castro, piloto de la Fuerza Aérea Mexicana, y en dos ocasiones he estado asignado a la Base Aérea Numero 4 en la Isla de Cozumel, Q,Roo. tuve el placer de colaborar con el Ingeniero Toledo (Q.E.P.D.), en la organización y realización del Cozumel Air Show 2010, 2011 y 2011 donde participamos con 4 aviones Pilatus PC-7 y también volamos en Cancún en la celebración de Foro Económico Mundial. Actualmente estoy en la Ciudad de México realizando un Master y mi tema de tesis es sobre la Regulación de los RPAS (o Drones como se le conoce normalmente), y en la investigación estoy considerando una posible reforma a la ley de aviación civil y/o la creación de una nueva ley que considera las operaciones de estos nuevos vehículos autónomos para el transporte de personas.como parte de la investigación me interesa saber como va su proyecto si ya lograron realizar los vuelos, y si ya cuentan con los permisos de la Agencia Federal de Aviación civil, ya que la ley no considera este tipo de aeronaves y tal vez podría ser parte de mi propuesta para su reforma o para la creación de una nueva ley que regule la operación de los DRONES en México.

    cualquier información que me puedas proporcionar sobre esos dos temas (1. como va el proyecto, vuelo, etc. y 2. como van con los permisos y en base a que se autoriza la operación de este tipo de DRON). te lo agradezco de antemano y no me queda mas que desearte que a ti a a tu grupo de Amigos les vaya muy bien cono todo lo que están haciendo en Tulúm, ya que eso es muy bueno para México también.

    te mando un fuerte abrazo y mi mejores deseos de éxito y quedo a tus ordenes para lo que se ofrezca, con la seguridad de contar con las consideraciones de s.m.s.s.

    Atentamente:
    Jesús Manuel Castro Castro.
    saludos.

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