US transportation secretary Elaine L. Chao has confirmed the FAA has given a Certification of Commercial Package Delivery to Wing Aviation.
A first for a drone delivery company, the certification paved the way for the Alphabet-owned firm to to begin commercial package delivery in Blacksburg, VA.
Wing partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and Virginia Tech, as one of the participants in the Transportation Department’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program.
Elaine Chao commented: “This is an important step forward for the safe testing and integration of drones into our economy. Safety continues to be our Number One priority as this technology continues to develop and realize its full potential.”
Wing demonstrated that its operations met the FAA’s rigorous safety requirements to qualify for the certification which was based on extensive data and documentation, as well as thousands of safe flights conducted in Australia over the past several years.
Wing, which recently received criticism for the noise its operations made in Canberra, says it plans to reach out to the local community before it begins food delivery, to gather feedback to inform its future work.