Wing, Google's drone delivery subsidiary, has applied to the FAA for permission to expand its drone delivery service within the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The firm's vision includes setting up to 25 drone nests, each potentially making 400 deliveries daily covering a six-mile radius.
Having collaborated with Walmart to cater to approximately 60,000 households, Wing has been active in Dallas-Fort Worth since the previous year. Their current application urges the FAA to consider and greenlight their proposed growth.
The drones' main objective is to ferry consumer goods. This is done in association with local businesses as an alternative solution to traditional in-store pickups. Each drone nest might see collaborations with multiple retailers to facilitate the drone delivery process.
To blend seamlessly with the local landscape, these nests will be positioned in existing commercial parking spaces that align with the region's zoning and land-use stipulations. Examples of these spaces are shopping malls, expansive individual retailers, and shopping centers.
A crucial aspect of the plan is to address potential noise concerns. Wing proposes to place their drone nests at least 300 feet from noise-sensitive zones in Class B and Class D airspaces and not less than 75 feet from such areas in other locations.
The company further delineated its operational hours, stating that the drones would operate only during the day, roughly between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. This will be consistent throughout the week, with holidays being the exception unless a particular community event or promotion warrants drone services.
Although the projected delivery numbers per nest may begin below 400, Wing anticipates this figure rising over time. The ceiling, even in zones with overlapping service areas, is set at 400 deliveries daily. In zones without such overlaps, this could translate to a peak of 10,000 drone deliveries daily.