Wars, hunger, lack of perspectives and an often hopeless future are pushing a migration wave of biblical measure from the African and Asian continents towards Europe. Literally millions of people are on the move. After crossing thousands of miles of insidious deserts and war-plagued regions, they finally reach the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea. One last jump across a few hundred kilometers of water is all that remains between them and their hope of a peaceful and protected future. And yet, for so many, too many refugees, this very last step is fatal.
At Avy, we firmly believe that drones can make the difference, saving countless human lives and that is why we are developing the Avy Rescue, a self-flying aircraft purposely developed to support to search and rescue (SAR) missions at sea and other not easily accessible areas.
Based on a combination of tilting rotors and fixed wing, the Avy Rescue brings together the best of the helicopter and airplane worlds. Thanks to its helicopter capabilities, the Avy Rescue can operate even in total absence or collapse of ground infrastructures as well as hover above a fixed point. Yet, by flying like a fixed-wing airplane, it can reach velocity and endurance unattainable for conventional multicopters, with disruptive advantages in terms of persistence, while carrying a payload way above the present market standard.
That is why, at Avy, we develop drones based on a hybrid formula combining the flexibility of multicopters with the higher range, speed and payload of wing-borne airplanes.
Thanks to its simplicity of use and rugged making, the Avy Rescue can operate in the most diverse and unprepared conditions. Training is basic as operators are only asked to programme the mission route and make use of the on-board observation systems. This allows the Avy Rescue to be as easily deployable by governmental services such as coast guards as well as international agencies and humanitarian NGOs.
In other words, the Avy Rescue can be deployed with minimum preparation and at low costs at the locations where immigrants are expected, to monitor their approach routes and allow rescuers to intervene when required. In other terms the expensive helicopters, patrol boats and ships would be released from operating the time consuming reconnaissance patrols and focus exclusively on the rescue mission, once the boats full of immigrants have been sighted by an Avy Rescue.
Moreover, a fleet of cost-effective Avy Rescue can reach people in trouble and drop life-vests, life-buoys, water, food or medical supplies and provide information for deploy the rescue forces in the fastest and most effective way. Basically, for the price of a single helicopter, an entire fleet of Avy Rescue can be deployed.