FAA Approves UPS Subsidiary Flight Forward to Be First Ever “Drone Airline”

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Article Credit:  DUKOWITZ, ZACC. “FAA Approves UPS’ Flight Forward to Be First Ever ‘Drone Airline.’” UAV Coach, 4 Oct. 2019, uavcoach.com/flight-forward-part-135/.

The FAA granted the broadest approval for drone delivery they have ever issued to Flight Forward, a subsidiary of the United Parcel Service (UPS).

The approval comes in the form of a Part 135 certification, which gives Flight Forward the permission to operate a “drone airline.” Part 135 certification is the same certification smaller airlines, such as charter airlines, receive from the FAA and the U.S. Department of Transportation in order to operate.

For the moment, Flight Forward plans to start a “drone airline business” and deliver packages by drone to hospital campuses around the U.S. Eventually it wants to expand drone deliveries into other commercial sectors in several other industries.

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