Drone services company Flytrex and longtime partner Causey Aviation Unmanned have received an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to remotely fly drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) without visual observers. This approval is recognized as one of the most advanced regulatory approvals to date and sets the stage for mass scaling of CAU and Flytrex’s delivery service, after meeting certain conditions and limitations, says the press release.
Flytrex has undergone years of rigorous testing to verify that its drone delivery service maintains the highest safety standards. In January of this year, Flytrex operator CAU received its part 135 certification, which allowed Flytrex to expand its drone delivery service nationwide – offering food, drinks, and other goods to the more than 82 million eligible front and backyards across the US.
This news follows Flytrex’s recent announcement of its Autonomous Pickup capability, which allows for a fully autonomous delivery process—from order placement, to pick-up, through delivery to customers’ yards. Since 2022, Flytrex’s eligible customer base has grown exponentially, from 40,000 eligible customers to 95,000 – a 138% increase. Flytrex’s service is operating seven days a week, drone delivering hundreds of food orders a day to customers’ yards in NC and TX.
For years, Flytrex and CAU have been working closely with regulators to get drone delivery safely off the ground. Together, they participated in the FAA’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP), which concluded in October 2020, as well as the FAA’s subsequent initiative, BEYOND, working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to help tackle the remaining challenges of UAS integration – bringing swift, affordable and sustainable on-demand drone delivery to more partners, communities and consumers across the country.
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