Google’s drone delivery company, Wing, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, just got certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate as an airline, allowing it to move ahead with plans to begin drone deliveries in the US. The service has already launched in Australia.
The approval from the FAA gives the company the ability to charge for deliveries of goods in Virginia and apply for permission to expand into other regions. Google is wasting no time in rolling it out now that they have approval, deliveries are set to begin in two rural Virginia communities this summer, according to bloomberg.
The FAA’s air-carrier certification was necessary because the rules for drones didn’t allow the kind of flights Wing had planned.
More drone companies applying for FAA approval are expected to move through processing more rapidly now that the FAA has detailed what rules apply for drone delivery companies.
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