The FAA has awarded Flirtey and the City of Reno approval to conduct drone delivery flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).
The new approval will enable Flirtey to conduct drone delivery operations with a pilot controlling the flights from a remote location.
Flirtey’s next-gen drone, which was especially designed to carry heavier payloads for longer distances, has received the approval, allowing Flirtey to deliver Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and commercial packages.
CEO and founder of Flirtey, Matthew Sweeny commented: “Flirtey’s industry-leading technology is now approved for drone delivery beyond visual line of sight, a major milestone that brings life-saving and commercial drone delivery another step closer to your doorstep.”
Flirtey and Reno are participants in the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP), a fast-track regulatory program that accelerates the integration of life-saving and commercial drone operations within the National Airspace System (NAS).
As one of just 10 selected governments for the highly-competitive program, the City of Reno chose Flirtey as its partner to deliver AEDs for the immediate treatment of a person experiencing cardiac arrest, and to pioneer a scalable model for commercial drone delivery.
The city’s mayor, Hillary Schieve said: “The City of Reno is proud to partner with Flirtey, the FAA, and our local IPP partners to enable drone delivery of AEDs to Washoe County residents.”
Adding: “Public safety is our top priority, and the use of drones to provide life-saving AED technology to cardiac patients will save lives across our community.”