The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the airworthiness criteria for the Wingcopter 198 delivery drone, marking an important milestone in the type certification process in the United States.
Wingcopter, a pioneer in German drone delivery, is thrilled to announce that the FAA has awarded Special Class Airworthiness Criteria for its Wingcopter 198 delivery drone. Wingcopter’s flagship EVTOL delivery drone has reached a vital stage in the certification process in the United States with this permission.
Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 21.17(b) establishes the technological conditions that must be completed in order to have an aircraft type-certified for regular commercial operations in the United States.
Wingcopter 198 delivery drone designed and built for safety
The Wingcopter 198 was built from the ground up to fulfill the most exacting safety requirements. Wingcopter was able to draw on its five years of operating expertise with the company’s initial delivery drone type in a variety of locations, from the Arctic to the Middle Eastern desert and from remote islands in the South Pacific to San Diego Bay in the United States.
Wingcopter has worked extensively with the FAA since submitting for the Special Class Type Certificate in March 2020. Because of this, Wingcopter will be able to concentrate all of its development efforts on meeting the FAA’s requirements for certification of this specific aircraft as rapidly as possible.
“We are proud to be among the first delivery Drone Companies worldwide to ever get their Airworthiness Criteria approved by the FAA. This is a very important milestone for us, not only in our Type Certification Process in the U.S., but also for our international expansion efforts and for achieving our vision of building logistical highways in the sky. I would like to thank my team as well as the FAA for all the effort and great collaboration to reach this milestone”, says Tom Plümmer, Co-Founder and CEO of Wingcopter.
Commercial drone delivery operations across the United States will be possible after Wingcopter is type-certified, which will let it fly normal routes across airspace and over populated regions. Wingcopter’s certification with ANAC in Brazil or JCAB in Japan is likely to have a beneficial influence on Wingcopter’s future certification efforts.
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