City of Reno, Flirtey receive FAA approval for drone delivery
RENO, Nev. — Drone company Flirtey has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct drone delivery flights within the city of Reno.
The approval, announced at a joint press conference between the city and Flirtey on March 8, enables the company to conduct drone delivery operations with a pilot controlling the flights from a remote location — a process referred to as Beyond The Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS).
“Flirtey’s industry-leading technology is now approved for drone delivery beyond visual line of sight, a major milestone that brings life-saving and commercial drone delivery another step closer to your doorstep,” Flirtey Founder and CEO Matthew Sweeny said in a news release.
The approval has been months in the making; Reno is one of 10 participants nationwide in the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP), a fast-track regulatory program that accelerates the integration of life-saving and commercial drone operations within the National Airspace System (NAS).
The city chose Flirtey as its partner to deliver AEDs for the immediate treatment of a person experiencing cardiac arrest, and to pioneer a scalable model for commercial drone delivery.
“Public safety is our top priority, and the use of drones to provide life-saving AED technology to cardiac patients will save lives across our community,” Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said in a statement.
For more information, visit the reno.gov program website.
The goal is to benefit Northern Nevada’s agriculture and ranching industries by developing solutions to environmental effects created by current concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.