Amazon petitions FAA for commercial drone ops exemption 

In addition to wide- and narrowbody freighters joining the Amazon Air fleet, Prime Air drones may soon begin delivering Amazon purchases directly to customer doorsteps. Next in the series of the broader air cargo industry’s commercial drone saga, Amazon Prime Air submitted a petition to the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday that, if […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 9, 2019

UPS seeks airline-type status for long-distance drone deliveries

United Parcel Service is seeking approval to operate delivery drones under the same rules as a private jet service, unlocking the potential to carry health-care packages over long distances between hospitals. The company is working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to obtain Part 135 certification this year, a step toward freeing it from current commercial […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • July 23, 2019

Amazon aims to grow cargo drone team in the UK [VIDEO]

Amazon is aiming to add more than 2,000 technology workers to its United Kingdom team, the company announced in a 3 July press release. While the statement noted roles include “engineers, software developers, data scientists and cloud and machine learning experts,” Bloomberg reported that Amazon’s Prime Air cargo drone service is among the technology areas new […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 5, 2019

Boeing’s autonomous aircraft prototype completes first flight [VIDEO]

A prototype autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV), developed by Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences under the leadership of the Boeing NeXt division, successfully completed its first test flight in Virginia this week. Although the PAV is designed for passenger transport, the technology presents major opportunities for the future of autonomous and remote pilot cargo operations. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 25, 2019

Boeing invests in Matternet urban delivery drone platform

Through its Boeing HorizonX Ventures investment arm, Boeing led a round of funding in US-based Matternet, which the company will use to expand US and global operations of its on-demand drone delivery platform for urban deliveries. The funding round also included investments from Swiss Post, Sony Innovation Fund, and Levitate Capital, and raised US$16 million. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 27, 2018

CAAC grants first commercial drone operation license to SF subsidiary

Yesterday, the eastern bureau of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) granted Jiangxi Fengyu Shuntu Technology Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of SF Holdings, the first domestic UAV Aviation License. With the license, SF Logistics now has the legal authority to operate and expand the scale of its delivery drone delivery pilot operations, which began […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 28, 2018

The future of drones [VIDEO]

In the aviation industry, the future may belong to drones, but, as this video shows, there are still problems… And, of course, not all trouble comes from below…
  • David Harris
  • August 18, 2017

China’s number-two e-tailer launches 3PL division

Last week, Beijing-based JD.com announced it was moving forward with plans to formalize a logistics division, “JD Logistics” in support of the growing demand for express delivery services for its booming e-tailing business. Similar to Amazon’s Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program, the new division will provide third parties access to a wide range of supply […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 1, 2017
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