Our Design Approach

The popularity of autonomous aircraft known as UAVs or Drones started with technology that would allow anyone to fly and at a low cost. Multirotors or “quadcopters” as they are called, almost fly themselves due to new gyroscopic sensors and micro autopilots that do most of the work. Previous radio controlled models, especially model helicopters, were extremely hard to fly.


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Most cargo drones are emerging from this design paradigm and have core design flaws. They were never designed with robust commercial use and are not certified for commercial operations – which means no one knows how safe they are. The quality of the parts along with their use of public frequencies make them susceptible to hijacking and loss of control, which could cause a major accident. Regulators such as the FAA have now put in place new regulations that ban drones from being used for commercial applications unless they are certified and the pilot is licensed, much the same way as a manned aircraft.


At SkyCanoe, we started by looking at the problem with existing multirotor drones:

  • Limited flight times due to the amount of power required to stay aloft.

  • Cannot fly in poor weather. Most of the electronics and motors are out in the open.

  • Use public frequencies for flight control.

  • Use single axis tilt wings to provide vertical take off and landing capabilities which cause loss of pitch control and place gyroscopic forces through the airframe causing control issues.

  • Have very small cargo capacity most only carry 10kg or less.

  • Land anywhere with no control over who can approach them.

  • Do not conform with any certification agency.

  • Most multirotor “pilots” have limited knowledge of manned flight making them very dangerous.

  • Cannot integrate themselves with manned aircraft.

  • Use very crude ground control stations, often using simple cell phones or tablets for communications and instructions to the drone.

  • Have no emergency plan should all systems fail. 

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Sky Canoe is the result of hand-on experience with all of the above problems and has designed an autonomous aircraft that behaves much like a “real” aircraft with radar, TCAS, AWAS, ASD-B, gas electric hybrid propulsion and discrete frequency communications. Sky Canoe addresses all these issues and provides the operator with an unmanned aircraft that truly does everything a normal aircraft can but without a pilot’s seat. Rather than start from a design paradigm which focused on accessibility and usage as toys, we began from scratch with a real aircraft design. SkyCanoes are built to be a safe, reliable and robust carrier of cargo which can integrate safely and seamlessly with the traffic in our crowded skies.

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Our Mission

OUR MISSION is to change the way light cargo is transported, positively disrupting the industry by offering customers a cleaner, less expensive way to move goods.


Low Carbon

Sky Canoe will be an important contributor to the low-carbon economy. We will save our customers money, reduce emissions and catalyze economic development in remote areas.

Modality & Strength

SkyCanoe's UAV is innovative in a number of ways, and our design innovations culminate in a new UAV which is stronger and more adaptable than anything before it. Modality and strength are our core design values: while most emerging cargo drones can only carry light weights over short distances in good weather, SkyCanoe can lift over 200lbs hundreds of kilometers through rain, snow and high winds. 


For more information regarding our design specifications, please contact us.