Chick-fil-A via drone delivery? How the fight for sky dominance is heating up

April 8, 2024
According to three of the largest drone delivery companies in the U.S.,DroneUp, Zipline, and Wing, it’s not a matter of if, but when, drone deliveries reach skies near you, Jennifer Jolly writes for USA Today.

NEW YORK - In the not-too-distant future, in a city, town, or even remote village near you, the tap of an app could summon on-demand drone delivery to your doorstep in less than 30 minutes, Jennifer Jolly writes for USA TodayContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

8 April 2024 - Last year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorized two more companies to operate drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). UPS Flight Forward with its Matternet M2 can conduct small package delivery and uAvionix with its Rapace can use the Vantis Network to test its detect and avoid technology.

Phoenix Air Unmanned to operate SwissDrones SVO 50 V2 drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) for aerial work, aerial photography, survey and powerline and pipeline patrol and inspection. The FAA issued the approvals after asking for public input on four BVLOS requests. The agency is reviewing one additional request. Data collected from these operations will inform the FAA’s ongoing policy and rulemaking activities.

While the U.S. ramps up deliveries by small uncrewed aircraft, Canada has allowed medical samples to be delivered BLVOS and the U.K.'s Royal Mail has utilized drone deliveries for some remote Scottish islands.

Related: Drone Delivery Canada Corp. receives BVLOS approval to transport medical samples

Related: UK’s Royal Mail launches drone delivery to remote Scottish islands

Related: Swiss firm RigiTech enables drone delivery without landing or takeoff

Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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