Helping humanitarian aid organisations bridge the last mile


Traditional means of transport in the humanitarian aid chain are often inadequate when it comes to the last part of the route. Wings For Aid wants to bridge that ‘last mile’ by the use of an innovative unmanned cargo aircraft. The system can be used for disaster relief, but also for the scheduled delivery of medicines in remote areas. Thus, we give ‘wings’ to aid and get it to people in need.



A Public-Private Partnership


It’s not an easy task but worthwhile to pursue - and we have the partnerships to get this off the ground. Technologically, we have ESA incubates AvioniCS and Selfly on board. VanBerlo takes care of industrial design. i+solutions knows about the troubled last mile in medicine distribution. To check-and-balance, we work with the technical universities of Delft, Eindhoven and Twente and practitioners from the Red Cross movement alike.



Supported by


We discuss application scenarios with humanitarian aid organisations, and UAV specialists of the Dutch Ministry of Defence bring experience on what the technology has to be capable of in stressful situations. Price Waterhouse Coopers acts as advisor and helps us to shape this venture as a social enterprise.




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About us

Our friends at engine manufacturer Avio Aero (a GE company) have summarised the Wings for Aid story in a great article: ‘Unmanned aid for humans’

See the news item of the German ARD on our participation in the World Food Program innovation accelerator program in Munich

We presented our winged cargo delivery box at the Global Innovation Week in Washington, hosted by USAID, as one of the top-10 innovators.

Listen to a complete recording stating the mission, vision and execution of Wings for Aid. Interview by 6FM’s Mischa Spelt following the Beneficiary Concert (in Dutch)

Rotary organised a LIVE beneficiary concert, where the Royal Dutch Airforce Orchestra joined forces with the virtuous Tim Kliphuis Trio. It all happened at the Van Oudheusden barracks in Hilversum, with nett revenue 40% over target. Watch, listen and enjoy!

Jurgen van den Berg interviews Barry Koperberg live on Radio1, to discuss the benefits of direct distribution with cargo drones in conflict areas (4min, in Dutch)

Prof. Timo Meynhardt, chairman of the jury of the German iF Award on Wings For Aid: "Real progress in putting humanitarian programs into practice!"

Brief report on Wings For Aid activities at design agency VanBerlo in Eindhoven, by Omroep Brabant (in Dutch)

Price Waterhouse Coopers made a portrait of founder Barry Koperberg and the AvioniCS team at airport Valkenburg

News Article in ‘Het Financiële Dagblad’ following the voting in Parliament on the Wings For Aid amendment (in Dutch).



coalition for start-up and prototype development

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design lead

supply chain

flight system

radar system


aerospace engineering

cargo box

and robotics

cargo uav's

smart materials

air traffic management

cargo box

humanitarian uas


Project Advisory and support


PwC | Price Waterhouse Coopers


HiiL | innovating justice


Ministry of Defence, NL




TIAS school for business and society


UN Refugee Housing Unit




TPRC | ThermoPlastic Composites Research Centre


To70 | Aviation Consultants


Rotary Clubs Hilversum & Wijdemeren

Copyright 2017

Stichting Wings for Aid foundation (ANBI)

Commercial registration number: NL64680059

RSIN: 855776122

General Manager: Barry Koperberg

Communications officer: Charlotte Oude Reimer

Phone: +31 85 760 3777








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