UPS’ Flight Forward drone subsidiary was granted a Part 135 Standard certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which allows the company to expand its delivery service in campus settings, like hospitals and universities. In other words, UPS pilots are now able to fly drones beyond their line of sight, which opens the door for the delivery company to expand Flight Forward. To start, they are doubling the number of drone flights it does for its flagship customer, Raleigh, North Carolina-based WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Read more for a video and additional information.
This latest certification enables Flight Forward to add other campus delivery projects without seeking government approvals for each one. UPS Flight Forward pilots can now operate multiple drones using just one certificate.
We’ll easily get to 20-plus flights per day, per drone. It’s a business, it’s not a prototype or a test,” Price said of Flight Forward, which is paid to ferry blood and tissue samples to WakeMed’s central laboratory from points around its main hospital campus,” said Scott Price, UPS’ chief strategy and transformation officer.
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— UPSers (@UPSers) October 1, 2019