The City of Reno, Nev., and drone delivery company Flirtey have completed their first flights under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Drone Integration Pilot Program (IPP).
Conducting the first multi-drone delivery demonstration under the FAA’s IPP, a single Flirtey pilot simultaneously operated multiple Flirtey drones and simulated the delivery of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the presence of the FAA. They were conducted under Flirtey’s regulatory waiver allowing the operation of multiple small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by one pilot.
“Flirtey just demonstrated deliveries with multiple drones per pilot for the first time, which is a major milestone toward scaling drone delivery nationwide,” says Matthew Sweeny, founder and CEO of Flirtey. “We’re excited to be working with our partners and the FAA to save lives and improve lifestyles with Flirtey’s drone delivery.”
The flights were conducted using Flirtey’s own drone model, which is designed to carry heavier payloads for longer distances.
“The City of Reno is proud to partner with Flirtey, the FAA and our local IPP partners to test drone delivery of AEDs to Washoe County residents,” says Hillary Schieve, the mayor of Reno. “Public safety is our top priority, and the use of drones to provide lifesaving AED technology to cardiac patients could reduce the number of deaths from cardiac arrest in northern Nevada.”
The IPP team includes Flirtey, the Reno Police Department and Reno Fire Department, Washoe County, the City of Sparks and the Sparks Fire Department, FedEx, the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority, Alpine Insurance, Northern Nevada Medical Center, The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Truckee Meadows Community College, Carson Fire Department, Iris Automation, AirMap, T-Mobile, and The American Red Cross.