FAA approves UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF) BVLOS package delivery remotely

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF) approval to conduct beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) package delivery operated from their remote operations centre.

UPS Flight Forward with its Matternet M2 can conduct small package delivery. The approval follows earlier approvals for uAvionix to use the Vantis network to test its detect and avoid technology, and Phoenix Air Unmanned to operate SwissDrones SVO 50 V2 drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) for aerial work, aerial photography, survey and powerline and pipeline patrol and inspection.

The FAA issued the approvals after asking for public input on four BVLOS requests. The agency is reviewing one additional request. Data collected from these operations will inform the FAA’s ongoing policy and rulemaking activities. The FAA’s long-term goal is to safely integrate drones into the National Airspace System rather than set aside separate airspace exclusively for drones.

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