UPS is the first company certified for unlimited drone operations
Story by: John Gallagher, Washington Correspondent @FreightWaves
UPS [NYSE: UPS] plans to take full advantage of a sweeping new certification issued by federal regulators making it the first company with the ability to run drone services with no limit on size or scope of operations.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today (Oct. 1) announced that it had issued UPS Flight Forward, the company’s drone service subsidiary, a standard operator “Part 135” operating certificate. While the FAA has issued Part 135 certifications that come with more restrictions, such as a “single pilot” certificate awarded to Google affiliate Wing Aviation, a standard operator is a certificate holder that has no pre-set limits – allowing UPS to ramp up revenue operations relatively quickly beyond its current demonstration service in the healthcare sector.
“This is history in the making, and we aren’t done yet,” said UPS CEO David Abney. “Our technology is opening doors for UPS and solving problems in unique ways for our customers. We will soon announce other steps to build out our infrastructure, expand services for healthcare customers and put drones to new uses in the future.” According to the article in the freightwaves.com and its author John Gallagher
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Source and credits: freightwaves.com / John Gallagher, Washington Correspondent / iTrucker / Mario Pawlowski