City of Reno, Flirtey receive FAA approval for drone delivery |

City of Reno, Flirtey receive FAA approval for drone delivery

NNBV staff report

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve speaks during the March 8 press conference.

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).

A Flirtey drone flies over a Reno neighborhood to deliver an automated external defibrillator (AED) during an October 2017 demonstration of the process.

"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).


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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 program website.