Google spinoff Wing lands FAA clearance for drone deliveries

Marco Green
April 24, 2019

Why it matters: Wing's FAA approval will pave the way for other drone operators to do the same.

After getting approved for commercial air delivery in Australia earlier this month, Alphabet's Wing drone delivery service has now received the green light from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to allow it to start air dropping packages to customers in the U.S.

The FAA's certification of Wing, which was signed on Friday and Monday, essentially classifies the drone company as a small-sized air carrier, according to Bloomberg.

It's the culmination of years of effort - a project that only an innovator with deep pockets like Alphabet could have attempted.

Drone delivery could have a profound impact on communities across the country.

In order to receive the certification, it said it had proved that its drone deliveries carry a lower risk to pedestrians than those made by cars.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao hailed the certification.

Wing says that it's first market will be in the test environment in Virginia.

Wing said its next step is to expand its participation in the government's Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program in southwest Virginia. "For the next several months, we'll be reaching out to businesses and community members in the Blacksburg and Christiansburg areas to demonstrate our technology, answer questions, and solicit feedback with the goal of launching a delivery trial later this year", the company said. And because Wing has already worked out which rules apply to drone operators and which don't, the process should be far more seamless for others. Aerial delivery could also make life easier for those with mobility issues and will reduce both traffic and pollution.

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