The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved cargo airline Ameriflight to integrate drones into its operations and said it will soon offer drone delivery services across the United States. The untapped delivery market has a lot of room for improvement in terms of speed and safe logistics,” said company owner Jim Martell. The drones will be used to drop off high-priority, small package shipments in urban and suburban areas. The first shipments will be medical samples and pharmaceuticals.
The company said the drone business is an expansion that will not affect staffing operations that use about 100 aircraft. The drones, manufactured by Matternet, will be controlled from a central facility. After a four-year review, the drones received type approval from the FAA in September 2022. The quadcopter can carry 4.4 pounds weighing approximately 12 miles and is linked to a central control facility and cloud-based software systems that create all routes and flight profiles. This is not a Beta test. “This partnership allows us to provide our customers with turnkey access to provide fast and reliable on-demand delivery capabilities. This is not a test program or a future deployment concept – this is the real, scalable and secure UAV-based solution that customers are looking for.