Google Wing Aviation gets FAA OK for drone deliveries in Virginia

Google Wing Aviation gets FAA OK for drone deliveries in Virginia

Google affiliate Wing Aviation has received federal approval allowing it to make commercial deliveries by drone. Wing will also "begin its first trial in Europe in the spring, delivering to homes in Helsinki, Finland", according to company representative in an email response to NPR.

With this certification, Wing will be able to deliver commercial packages via drone, but only in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Wing drones have already flown more than 70,000 test flights and completed more than 3,000 deliveries to doorsteps, driveways, and backyards for customers Down Under. It said it plans to spend the next several months demonstrating its technology and answering questions from people and businesses in Blacksburg and Christiansburg, Virginia. The drone stays airborne when making deliveries, lowering its payload to the ground via a retractable tether. 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. Wing says it submitted data that shows "delivery by Wing carries a lower risk to pedestrians than the same trip made by auto". "Safety continues to be our Number One priority as this technology continues to develop and realize its full potential".

Although Wing said it has developed and is testing a drone with a quieter propeller, Australian residents complained about the noise coming from the company's earlier models, to the point where some said they were spending less time outside.

"Most importantly, FAA certification required us to submit evidence that our operations are safe".

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Wing said the data submitted to the FAA for certification showed that "a delivery by wing carries a lower risk to pedestrians than the same trip made by auto".

Under the current USA regulations, hired drone operators have to fly drones within their eyesight while automated flights over longer distances can only be operated for demonstration without payment.

In January, the FAA proposed rules that would allow drones to operate over populated areas and end a requirement for special permits for night use. "Goods like medicine or food can now be delivered faster by drone, giving families, shift workers, and other busy consumers more time to do the things that matter", Wing Aviation writes in a blog.

Wing is touting many benefits from deliveries by electric drones.

In addition to Google and Amazon, delivery companies such as United Parcel Service and DHL Express also have been developing their own drone systems.

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