FAA Approves UPS to Fly Delivery Drones Longer Distances

Uavionix and Phoenix Aire also given the go-ahead for their drone operations

Liz Hughes, Editor, IoT World Today

September 8, 2023

1 Min Read
UPS Flight Forward delivery drone
UPS Flight Forward

The Federal Aviation Administration has given UPS Flight Forward, uAvionix and Phoenix Air approval to operate drones beyond visual line of sight. The approvals were issued following a request for public comment on the applications. 

The approvals allow UPS Flight Forward, a subsidiary of UPS focused on drone delivery, to use the Matternet M2 Drone System for small package delivery and uAvionix to use its Rapace unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and Vantis Network to test its detect and avoid technology.

Phoenix Air Unmanned was also given authorization to operate its SwissDrones SVO 50 V2 drones for aerial work including photography, surveying, inspections and patrols. 

A fourth company also requested approval, but the agency is still reviewing that request. 

Rather than set aside separate airspace exclusively for drone operations, the FAA is working to develop standard rules to integrate drones into the National Airspace System.

About the Author(s)

Liz Hughes

Editor, IoT World Today, IoT World Today

Liz Hughes is an award-winning digital media editor with more than two decades of experience in newspaper, magazine and online media industries. 

A proven digital media strategist and editor, Liz has produced content and offered editorial support and leadership for a variety of web publications, including Fast Company, NBC Boston, Street Fight, QuinStreet, WTWH Media, AOL/Patch Media and Design News.

A skilled social media strategist experienced in developing and maintaining an audience across multiple platforms and brands, Liz also enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise to help businesses small and large.

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