FAA certifies Zipline to operate US drone deliveries as an airline
Groundbreaking instant logistics company Zipline has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 135 air carrier certification, which not only permits the company to operate its drone deliveries in the US as a commercial airline, but also fly its automated missions in beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) mode.
Zipline said the FAA certification permits it to operate the longest range on-demand commercial drone deliveries in the US, and cover the largest area in the nation by a UAV service provider. Moreover, with the Part 135 certification having been issued under the FAA’s Beyond program, that US activity will largely be carried out as BVLOS missions.
The company will initially fly drone deliveries of up to 26 miles roundtrip out of an operational hub in Kannapolis, North Carolina – a state whose Department of Transportation Zipline has been working with under the FAA’s BVLOS development program. The location will allow it to serve people…