In partnership with the City of Reno, Nev., drone delivery company Flirtey has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct flights beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS).
The approval enables Flirtey to conduct drone delivery operations with a pilot controlling the flights from a remote location. Flirtey’s drone is specially designed to carry heavier payloads for long distances, allowing Flirtey to deliver, for example, automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and commercial packages.
Flirtey and Reno are participants in the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP). As one of 10 selected participants for the IPP, the City of Reno chose Flirtey as its partner to deliver AEDs for the immediate treatment of a person experiencing cardiac arrest and for pioneering a scalable model for commercial drone delivery.
“The City of Reno is proud to partner with Flirtey, the FAA and our local IPP partners to enable drone delivery of AEDs to Washoe County residents,” says Hillary Schieve, Reno’s mayor. “Public safety is our top priority, and the use of drones to provide lifesaving AED technology to cardiac patients will save lives across our community.”