UPS has applied to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Part 135 certification to operate commercial drone flights in the UPS® network under a subsidiary business called UPS Flight Forward, Inc.
The new subsidiary is a recently incorporated business that could receive Part 135 certification as early as this year, putting UPS on track to have one of the first fully-certified, revenue-generating drone operations in the United States. When approved, this certification lays the foundation for drone flights beyond an operator’s visual line of sight, and for flights occurring day or night. Such flights are highly restricted in the United States and approved only by exception.
Continue reading “UPS Flight Forward will operate unmanned drone delivery services across the USA”
A small, white drone last month began delivering samples, including blood, between Raleigh’s WakeMed Hospital surgical center and the primary testing lab at its main campus. In the following weeks, the supplies made daily flights that professionals hope will eventually transport life-saving products like blood to more rural locations.
Continue reading “UPS and Matternet partner for FAA-sanctioned deliveries of medical samples in North Carolina”
Drone Delivery Canada ‘DDC or the Company, is pleased to announce that its expanding its commercial testing program to the United States of America at the New York Griffiss International Airport UAS Test Site, located in Rome, New York in Q1, 2018.
The Company anticipates that the US Pilot Program will then run through the balance of the year. This new initiative expands DDC’s testing program to include geographies within the United States utilizing its Sparrow X1000 drone which just recently achieved Compliant UAV Status with Transport Canada (December 2017). For testing, DDC will utilize its own proprietary FLYTE management software that is designed to support semi-autonomous flight as well as BVLOS (beyond visual line of site) flights designed for commercial drone deliveries.
“We have very strong interest from multiple commercial customers in the USA that not only want to test our drone delivery platform in Canada, but also in their own Country as well. This pilot program will act as an extension of our primary Canadian initiatives and will expand our data collection ability. The FAA approved Rome, N.Y. site was made available to us by the progressive initiatives of the FAA and provides an ideal testing environment to achieve our customers requests.” commented Tony Di Benedetto, CEO. “While collectively working with our key Canadian stakeholders and the invaluable support of Transport Canada and the Canadian Federal Government which has allowed us to progress to this point, we now look to put Canada on the forefront of commercial drone delivery technology on a global stage with our first expansion occurring south of the border.”, added Di Benedetto. Continue reading “Done Delivery Canada is expanding its commercial testing program to United States”
Deliveries by drones took a step closer to being allowed in the U.S. after the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) chartered by the FAA in June has submitted its report and recommendations to the agency on technologies available to identify and track drones in flight and other associated issues. Continue reading “Delivery by air in the USA closer to reality thanks to FAA’s drone tracking plan”
Last year we wrote about Horsefly, but they have taken the next step. Continue reading “An update about Horsefly (VIDEO)”
The proposed drone delivery service born in Google’s experimental labs will test its system at a U.S. site, the White House announced as part of an initiative to push research and safety measures for unmanned flight. Continue reading “Google gets oke to test drone delivery”
New US regulations forbid cargo delivery by drone
If you want to deliver cargo by drone in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration may have just grounded your plans. Continue reading “New US regulations forbid cargo delivery by drone”
On March 19, 2015, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. unmanned aircraft (UAS) design that the company will use for research and development and crew training. Continue reading “US approves Amazon drone trial”
In a letter last Tuesday, AUVSI president and CEO Michael Toscano urged the U.S. Department of Transportation to grant Amazon an exemption that would allow the online giant to conduct immediate outdoor tests of its commercial drones. Continue reading “AUVSI supports Amazon's test for Air package delivery service with drones.”
University of Missouri instructor Bill Allen is confident that recent rulings prohibiting drones from flying outdoors will be overruled. And he hopes that when it happens, his students will be prepared to use drones in their industries of choice. Continue reading “Drones being used again for University of Missouri classes”