Google’s First Business Drone Delivery, To Attain Approval From FAA This Year


Wing drone delivery, despite being a counterpart of the original dropping services called the Alphabet Inc. Google becomes the first ever company to attain the standard of an airline giving the company a privilege of an airline.

Which means that the customers who will be using it will receive actual air drops and will receive their products through the air or the airdrop.

Google’s Wing drone delivery

The subsidiary, Wing, now has the same certifications that smaller airlines receive from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation. It plans to begin routine deliveries of small consumer items in two rural communities in Virginia within months, the company said.

“It’s an exciting moment for us to have earned the FAA’s approval to actually run a business with our technology,” Wing Chief Executive Officer James Ryan Burgess said in an interview. He called it “pivotal” both for his company and the drone delivery industry in general.

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Burgess said that the process of applying to the FAA took months and was “very rigorous and very thorough.”

Wing plans to begin deliveries in the Blacksburg and Christiansburg areas of Virginia. The company has been conducting research at nearby Virginia Tech’s Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership.

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The flight will consist of a drone which would be a merged machine of a helicopter and a plane and will be portable for a vertical lift-off and will carry the package into its belly and then will land into the yards of the customers with a safe distance over the head of the customer.

The FAA’s approval demonstrates the rapid maturation of drone technology, he said.

“It shows these devices can be value added in our communities,” Burgess said. “They can be a faster, cleaner, less expensive way to transport things while still adding to the safety of society.”


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