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UPS Flight Forward™ Drone Delivery

UPS Flight Forward is changing the world of drone delivery.

Our drone airline is the first to receive full Part 135 certification from the Federal Aviation Administration, and we’re flying fast toward new innovations and great customer experiences. We’re the first to fly commercial drone deliveries outside the visual line of sight⁠—and that opens up a whole new world of speed, convenience, safety, and better patient outcomes.

Imagine the possibilities: from rapid transport of life-saving medical supplies, to accelerated door-to-door delivery of an online shopper’s holiday presents. Right now, we’re working to:

• Expand drone delivery service to new hospitals and campus environments around the country
• Add new services including residential and commercial drone deliveries
• Partner with drone manufacturers to build drone hardware and software
• Hire for all positions including management, drone pilots and repair technicians, engineering, IT, and more (Note: For pilots, we currently require Commercial Pilot certificate and Part 107 certificate)
• Keep safety at the heart of everything we do, with air and ground-based, detect-and-avoid technology

We’re just getting started. Want to learn how to be a part of the UPS Flight Forward vision?

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UPS Flight Forward Drone Delivering a Package

What is Part 135?

The FAA’s Part 135 Standard certification is the highest level of certification for a drone airline, with no limits on the size or scope of operations. UPS is the first company with this certification. With it, UPS Flight Forward drones can fly:

• Out of the operator’s line of sight (with appropriate approvals)
• Over people
• With cargo weighing more than 55 pounds
• At night

Latest UPS Flight Forward News

  • UPS drone flying near a CVS store

    UPS Flight Forward and CVS Launch Residential Drone Deliveries to Help with Coronavirus

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  • UPS drone and pilot

    Virginia Center for Innovative Technology and UPS Test Drones for COVID-19 Response

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  • UPS drone flys high above a coastal region

    UPS Flight Forward and Wingcopter to Develop Versatile New Drone Fleet

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Making Strides in Drone Delivery

  • Medical Transport

    In collaboration with Matternet, UPS Flight Forward is transporting medical samples to testing labs at WakeMed’s flagship hospital in North Carolina—cutting down transit time to less than five minutes, creating better patient experiences, and speeding up diagnosis.

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  • Drone Meets Delivery Truck

    UPS has tested launching drones from the top of package delivery vehicles in residential areas. The goal: creating more efficient delivery in rural areas—with a drone flying autonomously to a home, delivering a package, and returning to the vehicle, all while the delivery driver continues along the route.

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