Drone delivery company Flytrex has been granted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval which will enable the flying of drones over people’s heads, a previous sticking point in the eyes of regulators.
The announcement has meant the Israeli-based company can extend its pilot program to include delivery of items to customers’ properties.
“Flytrex shares our passion and commitment to bringing the immense benefits of unmanned aerial delivery to the public, responsibly and safely,” founder and CEO of Causey Aviation Unmanned.
The pilot expansion will include deliveries of goods from Walmart amongst other retailers in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Flytrex’s chief executive Yariv Bash added: “The FAA approval is important to expanding on-demand drone delivery throughout the U.S. in compliance with the highest possible safety standards.
“Through this expansion, we will be able to glean valuable insight into usage and customer preferences, allowing us to further tailor our offering to meet consumer needs.
“With the ongoing help of the FAA, drone delivery will soon become the rule rather than the exception.”
While the new FAA approval enlarges the delivery area, drones must still remain within sight of its operator, something which has been a sticking point in commercial drone deliveries so far in the UK and the US.
As regulations hinder drone delivery progress in the West, JD.com has been using drones to deliver to remote locations in China since 2017.
Drone delivery has gained pace within the last 12 months, with the Royal Mail recently launching a landmark trial in delivering PPE and medical supplies to the Isles of Scilly earlier this month.
In December 2019, it was reported that the CAA published a new guide aimed at making long-distance drone operations an “everyday occurrence”.