Amid Increased Interest in Part 135 for Social Distancing, FAA Says Existing Framework Allows for Most Operations Needed Right Now


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Politico recently reported that drone companies are being held back because they are not able to make drone deliveries Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS).

To do this, companies need to hold a Part 135 certification. But getting a Part 135 is a long, difficult process that involves five in-depth phases.

Currently, only two companies have Part 135s—Alphabet’s Wing and UPS’ Flight Forward—while several other companies, including Amazon Prime Air and Zipline, are in the process of applying for their Part 135.

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To find out what can be done within the under the existing regulatory framework to help with the fight against COVID-19m reached out to the FAA.

Read today's article to see what the FAA had to say, and to see a list of four of the most common types of operations in the COVID-19 fight, all of which are allowed under the Part 107 rules or a COA.

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