Alphabet Inc’s Wing Aviation unit on Tuesday got the okay to start delivering goods by drone in Virginia later this year, making the sister unit of search engine Google the first company to get U.S. air carrier certification, the Federal Aviation Administration said. View original article at Reuters

Alphabet subsidiary Wing has become the first drone operator to receive Air Carrier Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration, giving the company the green light to begin delivering goods to customers in the states. View original article at TechSpot

After getting approved for commercial air delivery in Australia earlier this month, Alphabet’s Wing drone delivery service has now received the green light from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to allow it to start air dropping packages to customers in the U.S. The FAA’s certification of Wing, which was signed on Friday and Monday, essentially classifies the drone company as a small-sized air carrier, according to Bloomberg View original article at Mashable

Wing receives the first FAA certification for drone deliveries  EngadgetDrone company Wing gets ‘air carrier’ approval from FAA, allowing deliveries that will launch in Virginia  The Washington PostAlphabet’s Wing drones get FAA approval to make deliveries in the US  The VergeFAA approves Google Wing drone service for deliveries in U.S.  MashableDrone Pilots Deserve Privacy Too  SlateView full coverage on Google News View original article

Drone home delivery company Wing will start deliveries in rural Virginia “within months”. View original article at BBC World News

Look! Up in the sky! It’s Wing! An offshoot of Alphabet Inc, aka Google’s parent company, is officially the first drone operator to receive FAA approval to start flying as an airline. While that doesn’t mean humans will be flying in drones anytime soon, it is an important step to giving the company the legal authority it needs to start delivering products to customers.Read Full Story View original article at FastCompany

In what may well be a world first, botanists in Hawaii recently used a drone to find a species of plant that scientists believed was extinct. The plant was located on a sheer cliff face nearly 20 years after its last sighting. The post Hawaiian botanists’ drone discovers a plant thought to be lost forever appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

A Russian company has developed a drone with a very interesting control scheme. It’s a VTOL fixed wing, that takes off like a bicopter, transitions to use wings for lift, flies around for half an hour or so, and then lands on its tail. This is a big ‘un; the reported weight is 50 pounds. Although the available footage really doesn’t give any sense of scale, we would estimate the wingspan as somewhere between four and five feet. Fixed-wing VTOLs are close to the holy grail of current…

Hibiscadelphus woodii, a plant native to Hawaii, was previously thought to be extinct. Now, researchers from the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) on Kauai, Hawaii, have rediscovered the shrub with the help of a […] The post Researchers Rediscover ‘Extinct’ Hawaiian Plant With Drone Technology appeared first on View original article at Geek

Hey there, Hibiscadelphus woodii. How you been? The plant, which is also known as “Wood’s hau kuahiwi” and was thought to be extinct, is apparently still around and possibly even flourishing in its native Hawaii. Researchers for the National Tropical Botanical Garden on the island of Kauai made the discovery with a little help from a drone. SEE ALSO: In a glamorous turn of events, polar bears are pooping glitter to fight off extinction Three of the plants were spotted in footage captured by a drone that was…