Healthcare DIVE October 2, 2019
Morgan Forde

Dive Brief:

  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted UPS’ drone delivery subsidiary, Flight Forward, full air carrier and operator (Part 135) certification Tuesday, according to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
  • While concrete steps have yet to be laid out, UPS said in a press release release that Flight Forward will begin expanding its delivery service to hospitals and medical facilities nationwide, scaling up from its current pilot program on WakeMed’s hospital campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. Its current operations involve transporting temperature-sensitive blood and other medical items using Matternet drones capable of carrying up to five pound loads over 12.5 miles.
  • UPS launched Flight Forward in July while its Part 135 application was pending with the FAA. Until now, the...