FAA ready to award first drone airline licence within the next month


The FAA is expecting to awards its first licence to operate a drone airline in the next month.

According to a report from Reuters, an official at the regulator described how the agency decided last year that the large-scale commercial package delivery operations by drones would need to meet the same safety and economic certification standards as other airlines.

FAA Office of UAS Integration executive director Jay Merkle said: “In the next month we expect to announce we will have our first … air carrier certificate for operating a drone airline,

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“That is a major accomplishment for us and our partner.”

He declined to name the partner, but to date, the only air carrier certificate application for a drone carrier listed on a U.S. government website has come from Wing Aviation, a subsidiary of Google’s parent, Alphabet.

Google and Alphabet did not respond immediately to a request for comment from Reuters.

Wing on Tuesday received approval from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority to make commercial air deliveries in the northern suburbs of Canberra.

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