It is the DGAC (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) which has agreed to allow La Poste to establish this second line.
It will serve to connect the two villages Fontanil-Cornillon and Mont-Saint-Martin. If the distance as the crow flies is only 3 km, it is very different when using the road: each deliveryman travels 20 km, which takes 30 minutes not counting the delivery time.
The drone will not make delivery home but in a warehouse. It is then an employee of town hall who will take care of recovering the parcels and distributing them in the villages.
The drone used by La Poste has a flight capacity over 15 km and can carry a package weighing up to 2 kg. An automatic parachute is provided in case of obstacle or malfunction during the crossing in the mountain. The device has a cruising speed of 30 km / h.
The first line of drone had emerged in the Var and has existed since December 2016. It currently has 190 flights with 95% success, the remaining 5% are due to bad weather conditions.
For the moment, delivery by drone is only for difficult mountain areas of access for the factors and deliverers:
We do not intend to distribute parcels by drone in urban areas. We consider that the drone is useful for delivering hard-to-reach areas in the mountains or in rural areas where driving is long.
The post office