FAA Approved UPS to Run First Drone Delivery in US

UPS or United Parcel Service had just received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to run and operate their drones to deliver their packages. It is the first time that the FAA has granted such approval to any company to operate its drones as an airline service.

UPS said that the FAA granted a Part 135 Standard certification and with that certification, the company will be able to operate as many drones as it wants to, carry cargo that weighs more than 55 pounds, and fly at night.

The company intends to use the drone service, UPS Flight Forward to deliver packages to several hospitals and then to expand it gradually, later on.

UPS applied for the FAA’s approval to operate the drones for delivering the packages in July and it has since conducted about 1,000 revenue flights for WakeMed Hospital Campuses in North Carolina.

UPS is the first company to receive the full Part 135 certification from the FAA. Other companies such as Uber Eats, Amazon Air have also been working on drone delivery, but no other company has received the full privileges to operate their drones as a standalone airline service.

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