Wingcoper delivery drone clears FAA airworthiness milestone
German UAV company Wingcopter has taken a significant step toward potential Type Certification with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issuing Special Class Airworthiness Criteria of its Wingcopter 198 delivery drone.
The Weiterstadt-based company revealed the development Wednesday, hailing it as critical to its efforts to obtain type certification of its flagship Wingcopter 198 delivery drone. Though the road to full FAA approval is still long, passing the hurdle of airworthiness recognition is considered by many aeronautic companies to be a major milestone in the process.
The FAA’s Airworthiness Criteria defines technological requirements that must be met to have an aircraft type certified for regular commercial operations in the U.S. Application of the Wingcopter 198 was submitted in March 2020, after which time the company worked closely with the FAA toward both obtaining the airworthiness status, and mapping out the means and timing through…