Back to Newsroom AIR METHODS LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE DRONE SOLUTION TO ADDRESS RURAL SUPPLY CHAIN CHALLENGES Share On... by Air Methods posted August 03, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated some of the real challenges in our health care system creating an opportunity to find better solutions to extend access to healthcare, especially in rural America. Today we are excited to announce the launch of Spright, a newly formed drone solution, designed to help improve healthcare access and minimize supply challenges. Collaborating with Wingcopter, an industry-leading German drone manufacturer, Spright is creating a drone-based, healthcare-specific delivery network across the United States. Unfortunately, Americans are impacted by a lack of timely access to care. When these shortages impact the availability of blood products, medicines, diagnostics or small medical devices, the consequences can be dire. The solution is a flexible, rapid distribution network designed with 21st-century technology. Built around our existing infrastructure of more than 300 bases, serving hundreds of hospitals, across 48 states in predominantly in rural areas, this new drone delivery network will improve access to urgently needed medical supplies for healthcare providers and the communities they serve. We are making this possible by deploying fleets of Wingcopter’s new flagship delivery drone, the Wingcopter 198. The Wingcopter 198 is a state-of-the-art autonomous eVTOL delivery drone that enables safe, reliable, fast, and bi-directional medical deliveries. This fall, Spright will be partnering with Hutchinson Regional Medical System, in Hutchinson, Kan., for the launch of an initial pilot project using Wingcopter’s delivery drones. Today, we serve 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. Read more about the partnership here.