UPS Announces FAA Certification to Operate Drone Airline: “History in the Making”
UPS and the FAA announced that UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward Inc. has received a full Part 135 Standard certification to operate a drone airline. There are four categories of Part 135 certifications, ranging from “Single Pilot” to “Standard.” A “Standard operator is a certificate holder that does not have pre-set limits on the available size or scope of their operations,” explains the UPS release. The full “Part 135 Standard” certification is a first in the U.S., although Alphabet spinoff Wing Aviation LLC (Wing) received a Part 135 Single pilot air carrier certificate for drone operations in April 2019. Wing and UPS Flight Forward received the certifications as part of the UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP).