Drone company Flirtey has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct drone delivery flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), allowing for drones to deliver defibrillators to heart attack victims so treatment can begin before paramedics arrive.
The city of Reno and Flirtey are on the fast track for drone testing after being picked for a federal pilot program. The city and the Reno-based drone company were selected as one of 10 applicants out of more than 150 nationwide by the Department of Transportation to take part in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program, according to Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.
U.S. drone delivery is expanding from Slurpees and pizza. Drone delivery service Flirtey announced that it is partnering with a Reno-based ambulance service to send out emergency equipment by air for cardiac arrest-related emergencies. The partnership with Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority will allow responders to send an automated external defibrillator by air in addition to an ambulance dispatch for every emergency call involving cardiac arrest.
Drone deliveries may be having some trouble taking off in the United States, but that doesn’t mean that they’ve been totally grounded. Drone startup Flirtey said on Friday that it completed the first federally-sanctioned drone delivery in a U.S. urban area without the help of a human to manually steer it.
Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno are now working on a new, low-altitude traffic management system to keep fast-moving flyers safer as they cruise through increasingly crowded skies. The University is one of a handful of organizations participating in the first phase of the NASA Ames Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management project to enable safer use of low-altitude airspace, of 500 feet and below, where autonomous aerial vehicles, helicopters, gliders and other general aircraft are operating.
Where the aircraft industry measured its development in decades, the UAS sector becomes more diverse every month. Nevadans, particularly those of us in northern Nevada, get a front-row seat on the creation of an industry that some have called the most significant transportation breakthrough since the jet engine.