Wing, the new company owned by Alphabet, became the first unmanned aircraft delivery company to obtain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for commercial deliveries in the US. UU Bloomberg reports that the company received the blessing from the regulator after meeting many of the safety requirements of a traditional airline.
The approval of the FAA as an airline was necessary for the way in which Wing wishes to operate its deliveries of unmanned aircraft. Current FAA regulations prevent an unmanned aircraft from being flown out of an operator's line of sight, while licenses for automatic deliveries have only been granted previously for demonstrations where unmanned aircraft companies have not been able to accept the payment of their services. Obtaining approval from the FAA as an airline meant creating safety manuals and training routines and implementing a safety hierarchy.
Approval means that Wing, which has the same parent company as Google, can start making deliveries in Virginia in the coming months, where it plans to deliver local business assets to rural communities in Blacksburg and Christiansburg. Wing may request permission from the FAA to expand to other regions in the future.
The FAA is the second regulator that has given Wing the go-ahead to launch a commercial delivery service for unmanned aircraft. Earlier this month, Australian regulator CASA awarded the Alphabet-owned company the right to make deliveries in Canberra to about 100 households after the conclusion of a successful 18-month trial involving 3,000 deliveries.
For Wing, getting approval from the FAA took months, but Bloomberg notes that the process is likely to be much faster for future drone shipping companies now that the regulator has determined the rules of the airline suitable for Operators of drones. These competitors could include Amazon's Prime Air, which has not yet launched a commercial delivery service for unmanned aircraft, despite having made its first public demonstration in the US. UU In 2017.