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FAA Approves UPS Subsidiary Flight Forward to Be First Ever “Drone Airline”

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This week the FAA granted the broadest approvals for drone delivery they have ever issued to Flight Forward, a subsidiary of the United Parcel Service (UPS).

The approvals come in the form of a Part 135 certification, which gives Flight Forward the permission to operate a “drone airline.” Part 135 certification is the same certification smaller airlines, such as charter airlines, receive from the FAA and the U.S. Department of Transportation in order to operate.

Alphabet Inc.’s Wing (originally Project Wing) was the first drone company ever to receive a Part 135 certification back in April of this year. However, Wing’s certification is limited in scope.

Read today's article to learn about the difference between Wing's and Flight Forward's Part 135 certifications, as well as requirements for any drone company that wants to get into the delivery business.

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