UPS Flight Forward gets FAA’s approval for drone airlineChristian Fernsby ▼ | October 2, 2019
UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward Inc. announced it has received the U.S. government’s first full Part 135 Standard certification to operate a drone airline.
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UPS Flight Forward plans in the future to transport a variety of items for customers in many industries, and regularly fly drones beyond the operators’ visual line of sight.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded UPS Flight Forward a Part 135 Standard certification on Friday.
The UPS subsidiary immediately launched the first drone delivery flight by any company under Part 135 Standard at WakeMed’s hospital campus in Raleigh, N.C.
That flight, using a Matternet M2 quadcopter, was flown under a government exemption allowing for a “beyond visual line of sight” (BVLOS) operation, also a first in the U.S. for a regular revenue-generating delivery. ■