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April 24, 2019 -The promise of drone deliveries finally lands stateside as the Federal Aviation Administration approved Google spin-off company Wing as an air carrier which allows their autonomous UAS to begin deliveries in southwest Virginia. This is the first instance in which the FAA has made that approval.
"This is an important step forward for the safe testing and integration of drones into our economy. Safety continues to be our Number One priority as this technology continues to develop and realize its full potential," Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao said in a statement from the agency.
Wing has flown more than 70,000 test flights and delivered thousands of packages in Australia since 2014. Its delivery drone has 14 propellers and can carry packages weighing up to 3.3 pounds (1.5kg).
Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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