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TechnologyGoogle Spinoff’s Drone Delivery Business First to Get FAA Approval

19:20  23 april  2019
19:20  23 april  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Google Spinoff’s Drone Delivery Business First to Get FAA Approval© Bloomberg Google Demonstrates Project Wing Drone Delivery

(Bloomberg) -- An offshoot of Alphabet Inc.’s Google has become the first drone operator to receive government approval as an airline, an important step that gives it the legal authority to begin dropping products to actual customers.

The subsidiary, Wing, now has the same certifications that smaller airlines receive from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation. It plans to begin routine deliveries of small consumer items in two rural communities in Virginia within months, the company said.

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But getting approval for use of the UAV has been a process. Briggs came to the county commissioners meeting a year ago this month seeking approval “The idea that I proposed to Le Sueur County is that we could create imagery on demand and it would be compatible with images like Google Earth and

A Google X Project Wing drone delivers a package at a home during a demonstration in Blacksburg, Virginia.

“It’s an exciting moment for us to have earned the FAA’s approval to actually run a business with our technology,” Wing Chief Executive Officer James Ryan Burgess said in an interview. He called it “pivotal” both for his company and the drone industry in general.

Drone regulations still don’t permit most flights over crowds and urban areas, limiting where Wing can operate. But the approvals signed by the FAA on Friday and Monday give the company the ability to charge for deliveries of clients’ goods in Virginia and apply for permission to expand to other regions.

While scores of companies working in test programs have gotten FAA waivers to perform demonstration flights or to make deliveries over short distances, there has never been a drone company approved under the regulations designed to ensure safety at traditional charter airlines or smaller air-cargo haulers.

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Flirtey, the first drone company to obtain FAA approval , conducted an autonomous drone delivery of some tasty Drone -enabled service companies can build high-margin businesses with low capital Drones are being flown next to buildings to get onto corporate WiFi networks, delivering drugs and

To get started, be sure to select which type of drone user you are and find out what rules and regulations apply to your specific situation. You can then begin researching where it is safe to fly and when you need approval to fly.

It required Wing to create extensive manuals, training routines and a safety hierarchy -- just as any air carrier must do.

Companies receiving permission must also be majority owned by U.S. citizens under long-standing restrictions imposed by the DOT.

Some drone companies have complained that the process was too onerous. Many of the requirements that made sense for a charter airline -- like flight attendants and seat belts for the crew -- didn’t apply to them.

Google Spinoff’s Drone Delivery Business First to Get FAA Approval© Bloomberg Google Demonstrates Project Wing Drone Delivery

Burgess said that the process of applying to the FAA took months and was “very rigorous and very thorough.”

Other drone companies applying for FAA approvals should be able to move more quickly now that the agency and Wing have worked through the issues of what rules should apply to drone operators and which ones should not, Burgess said.

The FAA’s air-carrier certification was needed because existing rules created strictly for drones don’t allow the kind of flights Wing envisioned, he said.

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Amazon’ s plans for a drone delivery service took a big step forward Thursday when the Federal Aviation Administration gave the company permission to begin flight tests. Amazon wants to use drones to deliver small packages to people’ s doorsteps

Amazon Inc.' s dream of using drones to deliver small packages to customers came one small step closer to reality Thursday after regulators gave the company permission to test aircraft for the purpose. The FAA issued Amazon with an experimental airworthiness certificate

According to regulations issued in 2016, for example, drone operators are allowed to fly for hire, but have to do so within strict rules prohibiting flights outside of a ground operator’s eyesight. Similarly, the FAA has allowed automated flights over longer distances, but they are only demonstrations and companies can’t accept payment.

In order for Wing to operate over longer ranges and actually charge for the service, it needed to become a full-fledged air carrier. The FAA confirmed the air-carrier certification was signed, but didn’t offer additional comment.

Wing plans to begin deliveries in the Blacksburg and Christiansburg areas of Virginia. The company has been conducting research at nearby Virginia Tech’s Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership.

Unlike Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Air, another would-be drone delivery company, Wing will sell items from local merchants. Now that it has gotten FAA approvals, it will begin finding business partners in the two towns, Burgess said.

An Alphabet Inc. Google X Project Wing delivery drone sits on a charging pad in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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The Federal Aviation Administration said commercial drones are OK so long as the drone and its Amazon and Google , for instance, have shown prototype delivery drones that could eliminate the need for In all that I have read about drone delivery , several issues seem never to get mentioned.

Amazon applied to test the delivery drones but it was approved only recently by the Federation Aviation Administration so now they have got a Amazon had been eyeing at the Drone services since a long time but somehow it was not getting the much awaited approval of the FAA , but now

Wing’s drone, a hybrid between a helicopter and plane, is able to lift off vertically and fly horizontally at high speeds. It carries packages in its belly, lowering them to people’s yards with a tether while it hovers a safe distance overhead.

The company also recently won approval for drone deliveries from regulators in Australia, where it has conducted extensive testing.

Because the idea of drones flying over people’s homes is so new, the company also plans to conduct extensive outreach to local government leaders and the public, Burgess added. Actual deliveries are expected to start within several months.

The FAA’s approval demonstrates the rapid maturation of drone technology, he said.

“It shows these devices can be value added in our communities,” Burgess said. “They can be a faster, cleaner, less expensive way to transport things while still adding to the safety of society.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Alan Levin in Washington at [email protected]

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jon Morgan at [email protected], John Harney

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