FAA Issues Regulatory Guidance on Drone Use for Coronavirus Response Efforts, Wing’s Delivery Program
The news around the world is dominated by the current pandemic – and drone industry news is no exception. Just as drones saw new uses in disaster response efforts after hurricanes and earthquakes, new applications are appearing as a result of today’s crisis. This week, the FAA issued regulatory guidance on drone use for coronavirus response efforts.
Safety is the agency’s top priority – but the message sent by the new guidance is clear. The FAA is working to help drone service providers go to work on behalf of communities, expanding the use of medical drone delivery and other community initiatives.
Google spin-off Wing is expanding existing drone delivery programs in light of the coronavirus. About a year ago, Wing was the first drone operator in the U.S. to be certified as an air carrier, granting the company authority to conduct commercial drone delivery. Since then, the company has begun testing operations in Virginia. Now, their drone delivery program is helping consumers to limit trips to the store and receive contactless delivery of supplies.
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