Logistics master UPS has won the race to be the first Part 135 Standard certified operator of a drone airline. This certification means UPS does not have size or scope limitations on its drone airline operations.
October 14 marked UPS Flight Forward’s first drone delivery flight under its new FAA certification, delivering medical supplies to WakeMed’s hospital campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. UPS’s certification allows its fleet to have as many drones and remote operators as it wishes, payloads in excess of 55 pounds, and permission to fly out of the line of sight both day and night.
- UPS CEO David Abney on upcoming drone deliveries
- UPS wins approval to operate nationwide fleet of drones
This post is based on the Robotics and Automation News article, UPS attains FAA’s first full approval for drone airline, by David Edwards, October 9, 2019, and the YouTube videos, UPS CEO David Abney on upcoming drone deliveries, by CNBC, October 1, 2019, and UPS wins approval to operate nationwide fleet of drones, by CNBC, October 2, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock/Mopic
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