According to Matthew Sweeny, Founder and CEO of drone delivery company Flirtey, the company “is now on the fast-track to begin lifesaving AED delivery and commercial package delivery to homes in the United States in 2020”.
July 17, 2019 marks four years since Flirtey made history as the first company to conduct an FAA-approved drone delivery on U.S. soil, says the company. This drone delivery took place in Wise County, Virginia, during the July 17, 2015 event called Let’s Fly Wisely. Flirtey then conducted six autonomous drone deliveries containing 24 different packages of medications and supplies in collaboration with NASA, demonstrating the positive impact that autonomous drone delivery technology will have on people’s lives.
Following Let’s Fly Wisely, Flirtey has been expanding its regulatory approvals. In May 2018, the company, alongside the City of Reno, was selected into the FAA and Department of Transportation’s highly competitive Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP), in which only ten locations in the U.S. were selected to participate. Flirtey’s advanced technology has garnered FAA approval for the first multi-drone delivery operation in the United States, enabling a single pilot to simultaneously operate multiple Flirtey drones. In March 2019, the company has received approval from the FAA to run drone delivery flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), allowing a Flirtey pilot to control drone delivery operations from a remote location.
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