Wing Nets FAA’s First Air Carrier Certification for Drones

Drone delivery company Wing, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., has received Air Carrier Certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), enabling the company to begin commercial service delivering goods to homes via drone.

“This is an important step forward for the safe testing and
integration of drones into our economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation,
Elaine L. Chao. “Safety continues to be our number one priority as this
technology continues to develop and realize its full potential.”

“Our drones have flown over 70,000 test flights and more
than 3,000 deliveries to doorsteps, driveways and backyards of our customers in
Australia,” according to a Wing release. “Our next steps will be to further our
participation in the UAS [Integration Pilot Program] in southwest Virginia.”

The company says it will begin working with businesses and the
community in the Blacksburg and Christiansburg, Va., areas to demonstrate its
technology and assess its operations, “with the goal of launching a delivery
trial later this year.”

“Wing has worked for six years to build a small, lightweight
aircraft and navigational system that can safely deliver small packages on
demand to specific destinations in only a few minutes,” the company says. “Air
Carrier Certification is an important step that will ultimately allow us to
create air delivery services for communities in America.”

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