HealthLeaders Media October 3, 2019
Steven Porter

The FAA granted UPS full certification to fly unmanned drones beyond the operator’s line of site.

Unmanned aircraft may soon begin making more deliveries to hospitals across the country, after the Federal Aviation Administration granted full certification to a UPS subsidiary to operate a drone airline.

The certification—which permits UPS to fly an unlimited number of drones, day and night, beyond the operator’s line of site—comes six months after the company’s historic drone delivery at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, North Carolina.

With the FAA’s green light, UPS plans to scale up its operations first to meet healthcare needs then to serve other industries, according to the company’s announcement.

“This is a big step forward in safely integrating unmanned...