The Verge – Policy/Tech/Transportation – October 1, 2019 – UPS just won FAA approval to fly as many delivery drones as it wants

Posted on October 2, 2019


UPS just won FAA approval to fly as many delivery drones as it wants

But don’t expect your next package delivery via drone

By Jay Peters Oct 1, 2019, 3:27pm EDT

UPS announced that it has received government approval to operate a “drone airline.” Don’t expect your next package to arrive directly on your doorstep by a drone, though: UPS says it will first use this certification to build a drone delivery network for hospital campuses around the US. UPS said in July that it was seeking permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate the network, and today, it got just that.

Specifically, UPS’s drone delivery subsidiary, UPS Flight Forward, was granted a Part 135 Standard certification. Though drones might not seem like aircraft that need to be regulated like commercial airplanes do, the federal government…

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