FAA Certifies UPS to Conduct First Drone Delivery Service for Medical Supplies
In issuing its first-ever issued Part 135 Standard, FAA is carving a path for drone technology to be fully and safely integrated into the American aviation system. “This is a big step forward in safely integrating unmanned aircraft systems into our airspace” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.
Currently, UPS has a small network of drones that deliver medical supplies around a hospital campus in North Carolina. The initial operations conducted unmanned flights for the delivery of blood with the potential to save lives. UPS will initially use its new certification to expand these current services to support a greater number of hospitals across the country.