UPS Applies For FAA Exemption To Expand Flight Forward UAS Delivery Service Written 26 August 2019

26 August 2019
Fleet Owner reported that UPS, which “flew the first Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-sanctioned commercial drone delivery earlier this year,” is now “seeking exemption from FAA regulations to allow its UPS Flight Forward (UPS FF) division to expand, according to its application, published Aug. 22 in the Federal Register.” UPS has been working with WakeMed since March to make UAS deliveries to the health system’s flagship campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, as part of the UAS Integration Pilot Program managed by the FAA at multiple sites across the country. UPS argues in its application that the UPS FF delivery service by drone is more efficient than traditional ground transport of blood and other diagnostic material. UPS President of Global Health Care Chris Cassidy said in March, “Using drones to bring blood and other diagnostic specimens from medical facilities to central labs will improve transport efficiencies like never before.” The company has a fleet of 250 Matternet’s M2 quadcopters. (Image: A test drone making a UPS delivery lands on Children's Island in Marblehead, MA, 22 Sept. 2016.| Associated Press–©)
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