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An article by dronedj.com shares Amazon has secured Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to operate beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights for its Prime Air drone delivery service. This milestone allows Amazon to scale drone deliveries in existing locations and prepare for expansion, overcoming a significant regulatory hurdle that has hindered progress since the concept was introduced over a decade ago. Previously, Prime Air faced restrictions requiring ground observers for BVLOS flights, unlike competitors such as Zipline and Wing. With this approval, Amazon will enhance its operations in College Station, TX, and launch BVLOS flights in Phoenix, AZ.

This approval enables Amazon to offer drone delivery to more customers, expanding the range of items available for quick dispatch, including household essentials and beauty products. Amazon plans to integrate drone deliveries into its existing delivery network later this year, deploying drones from facilities adjacent to Same-Day Delivery sites. This development follows successful demonstrations to FAA inspectors, showcasing the effectiveness of Amazon’s detect and avoid technology in real-world scenarios. With the BVLOS approval, Amazon aims to deliver 500 million packages annually by drone by the end of this decade, catching up with industry rivals and advancing its ambitious delivery goals.

Companies in Ohio aspire to implement similar drone delivery services. One notable example is OhioHealth, which has partnered with Zipline to use drones for the delivery of medications, lab work, and medical supplies. This initiative aims to enhance patient care by providing faster diagnostic turnaround times, more convenient home delivery of prescriptions, and reduced carbon emissions through Zipline’s fully electric drones.

Additionally, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has launched the state’s first low-altitude Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) system. This initiative is designed to facilitate safe and scalable drone operations across Ohio, paving the way for routine beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights. This UTM system will support various applications, including medical and commercial deliveries, emergency services, and infrastructure inspections, promoting innovation and safety in Ohio’s drone sector.

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