In a first for this delivery segment, Google’s home delivery service, “Wing”, has now received clearance as an “air carrier” service. This new service will start with deliveries in the coming months.
Google’s New Airline “Wing” Receives FAA Approval for Air Carrier Service
Link: Wing Delivery Service
Drone delivery is definitely going to be the next great frontier of delivery services. Yep, that means the skies could be filled in the next many years with various kinds of delivery drones (probably not “filled” in actuality, though!).
Google’s new Wing service will start with deliveries in the coming months for the Blacksburg and Christiansburg areas of Virginia. The process of getting certified by the FAA for this service was quite intensive as it was the same approval process that regular airline services need. This is especially notable that Google has passed this since there are many aspects of the approval process that do not apply to drones so Google worked with the FAA on those sections.
This means that approval for air carrier status for other drone systems could be easier in the future as the FAA adapts some of these rules to work with the drones. Google’s Wing service will launch as a delivery tool for local merchants and can carry a load of up to 3.3 pounds. They will hover above a delivery point (like a yard) and slowly drop the delivery by means of a tether. This will ensure safety for the people on the ground and for the drone.
So, if you live in rural Virginia, you will soon be able to take delivery via Google’s airline!
Featured image from Wing