Flytrex, a front-runner in ultrafast food delivery via drones, shared a significant regulatory breakthrough today. In collaboration with its long-standing partner, Causey Aviation Unmanned (CAU), it has been granted a special exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration. This exemption will allow CAU to remotely pilot drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight without the need for visual observers.
This nod from the FAA, considered one of the most progressive regulatory consents, earmarks a considerable leap towards the expansive rollout of the CAU and Flytrex's drone delivery services, contingent on adhering to specific conditions and stipulations.
In their quest for operational excellence, Flytrex has undergone years of comprehensive safety testing, proving its drone delivery service meets the strictest of safety benchmarks. This dedication culminated in CAU, the operational arm of Flytrex, securing its part 135 certification earlier this year. Such certification greenlit Flytrex to enlarge its drone delivery spectrum across the nation. This growth signifies the potential to serve more than 82 million U.S households with timely deliveries of food, beverages, and other essentials.
Flytrex CEO and Co-Founder, Yariv Bash, expressed his enthusiasm: "This BVLOS approval is not just an acknowledgment of our robust drone delivery framework but is also an industry landmark signaling the feasibility of expanded, profitable operations." Bash added, drawing a parallel, "We envision ourselves as the DoorDash of the sky, consistently aiming to outdo conventional delivery channels with safer, more streamlined, and economical alternatives. This latest FAA approval propels us further in that direction."
This update trails closely behind Flytrex's unveiling of its Autonomous Pickup feature, which promises a wholly self-regulated delivery trajectory, right from order initiation to its final delivery. In the span of just a year, Flytrex has seen a whopping 138% uptick in its serviceable customer base, now standing at 95,000. Presently, their drones are busily buzzing across North Carolina and Texas, fulfilling hundreds of orders daily.
Jeff Causey, at the helm of Causey Aviation Unmanned, views this as a transformative moment for the drone landscape. “Our gratitude extends to the FAA for fortifying the regulatory backbone and paving the way for this monumental shift in drone delivery,” remarked Causey. “Our journey with Flytrex has been exhilarating, and we are geared up for what's next.”
Flytrex and CAU's rapport with regulatory bodies is longstanding. Both had an active role in the FAA’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) that wrapped up in October 2020. They have also been contributors to the FAA’s BEYOND initiative, collaborating with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Their collective objective has been clear – to surmount the final barriers to UAS integration, facilitating fast, cost-effective, and green on-demand drone delivery for a broader segment of American partners and patrons.