UPS Flight Forward gets green light from FAA to operate revenue-generating service

October 01, 2019
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by Josh Kern
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The UPS subsidiary is the first company to obtain the FAA's Part 135 Standard certification, allowing it to operate drones beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of its operator and generate revenue. The certification also removes limits on the number of drones and operators, as well as allowing drones to fly during the night. For now, the company is limiting use cases to the transportation of supplies between hospitals, for which it uses Matternet quadcopters. In the future, the company wants to expand use cases, including residential delivery, by launching drones from a UPS truck. The FAA certification will likely come soon for other companies like Amazon and Wing that are testing drone deliveries, but for now, UPS has a running start.

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