Google’s Wing has landed the FAA’s first approval for drone delivery
This could speed up the process for other companies to get the FAA's okay
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April 25, 2019 - by Emily Stewart dor recode.net
- This could speed up the process for other companies to get the FAA's okay
A Google offshoot just got the FAA's first go-ahead for drone deliveries.
The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday authorized Alphabet's Wing Aviation to start delivering goods via drones later this year. Wing will start delivering commercial packages in unmanned aircraft in Blacksburg, Virginia. It partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and Virginia Tech as a participant in the Transportation Department's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program, an initiative to accelerate drone integration and help the department and the FAA devise rules surrounding drones.
The approval is an important one, given that this marks the first time the FAA has granted a so-called air-carrier certification for drone delivery of items such as food, medicine, and small consumer products.
Wing plans to reach out to the local community before getting started in order to get a sense of its needs.
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