*Aircraft is in prototype phase, Firefly is not currently available on the market.
Parallel Flight is on its way to penetrating a global market. Our pipeline has multiple customers worldwide, with signed LOI’s valued at $60 million in estimated revenue based on all orders being completed and fully executed.* Applications for our first customers include wildfire applications and industrial logistics missions.
*Please note that LOIs are not an official offer, are non-binding, and that all details would need to be negotiated and executed through a formal Purchase (or other) Agreement.
*Aircraft is in prototype phase, Firefly is not currently available on the market
In addition to private customers, we have received grants from NASA, NSF, and the USDA. Our 4th and most recent Federal Grant is a Phase II USDA grant for Parallel Flight to continue developing a large scale unmanned system for prescribed fire for land management and active wildfire fighting. Working with our payload partner we have made significant progress by designing a solution with 10x the acreage burn capabilities of existing prescribed burn solutions. This is a key land management tool for removing combustible fuels and preventing wildfires. It is also used for fighting wildfires by creating fire breaks.
Annual federal spending on prescribed burning has averaged around $500 million through 2020 ( source), with potential to increase based on legislative initiatives and regulatory easing nationally, specifically in California ( source). Several helicopter pilots have tragically died over the years in these missions, so the agencies are beginning to use drones, but they need aircraft with larger payloads and longer flight times.
Parallel Flight is pursuing both the Prescribed Burn and Fire Suppression Market
Parallel Flight plans on being an international drone service provider. We are currently forming a subsidiary, Parallel Flight Technologies Europe BV, in the Netherlands to serve customers in the European market. This organization is currently bidding on contracts with major wind power companies for servicing wind turbines. We will use our aircraft to deliver tools and supplies to the top of turbines during maintenance. Parallel Flight Europe is led by Chris Krajewski, a seasoned helicopter executive, with global operational experience.
Chris' career spans over 35 years in the aviation and energy markets, including 24 years at CHC Helicopters, one of the largest helicopter operators worldwide. During his time at CHC, Chris held senior leadership positions in the operations and commercial departments, directing business units in Brazil, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia-Pacific. He led global business development initiatives with a focus on pursuit of diversification into new markets and spearheading initiatives to enter new verticals. Chris can open doors of opportunity on nearly every continent with contacts at the highest levels in aviation, oil and gas, offshore wind, and defense.
In tandem with key government partners, Parallel Flight is actively engaging with strategic Industry partners to address various needs spanning across multiple verticals. Here are some highlights:
Drone Amplified: Creator of IGNIS, the first drone-based aerial ignition system and the only drone-based plastic sphere dispenser (PSD) device approved for interagency (federal) use by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) . The latest version of IGNIS (2.0) can burn about 250 acres while carried by a DoD Category 2 drone. IGNIS has been deployed on major fires in Oregon, Alaska, New Mexico and elsewhere with impressive results, dropping over a half million balls during the 2020 fire season. Drone Amplified has partnered with PFT under an active USDA Phase 2 grant to integrate a scaled-up version of IGNIS with Firefly to create a controlled burn solution capable of burning thousands of acres in a single flight.
Grayback Forestry: Located in Oregon and Montana, Grayback is a founding member of the National Wildfire Suppression Association and was the first private firefighting contractor to successfully deploy a drone-based aerial ignition system on a fire, IGNIS. Grayback has agreed to partner with Parallel Flight Technologies to develop and evaluate advanced simulation training capabilities for soon-to-be Firefly pilots.
Island Conservation Group: Headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA, the IC is an international non-profit that is on the front lines of preventing extinctions and working to expand the boundaries of island conservation efforts worldwide. Parallel Flight is enthusiastic to work with IC to pioneer drone-based applications that enable safer and more effective methods to protect endangered island species from the threats of invasive species.
Colorado Center of Excellence: Known as the go-to research and development team for projects across the public safety service spectrum, The Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting (CoE) drives technological advancements to improve firefighting practices and influence innovation across the public safety community. CoE has agreed to partner with Parallel Flight Technologies to develop and evaluate advanced simulation training capabilities for soon-to-be Firefly pilots and support the safe introduction of the transformative technology to the fire fighting community.
SkyTEM Surveys: Headquartered in Denmark, SkyTEM is a leading airborne geophysical survey company focusing on the detection of subtle variations in conductivity/resistivity, making it possible to deliver accurate high resolution images of alternations in the Earth. Parallel Flight technology can be of assistance in sensors for aquifer and resource mapping.
Allied Disaster Defense: Allied Disaster Defense (ADD) offers long term fire retardant and home hardening solutions through applying Phos Chek and other innovative products designed to reduce or eliminate the cause of most property damage in wildfires. ADD's team of Wildfire Experts use their experience fighting and preventing fire to conduct risk assessments to ensure property is held at the highest standard from CALFire and the NFPA. ADD and PFT have begun exploring the use of UAS and innovative aerial fire technologies to enhance the delivery of home hardening and risk reducing solutions to ADD customers.
Parallel Flight drone executing a speed test trial at PFT headquarters
Our Unmanned Aircraft are undergoing extensive testing to ensure reliability and compliance with FAA certification requirements.
- Dedicated flight crew flying autonomous missions twice a week
- New test cell under construction to run 8X power modules continuously
- Bringing in seasoned aviation professionals to ensure Safety & Quality as well as regulatory compliance
Test Engineer Chris Lee shows the 8X Module Test Cell, currently under construction