FAA extends drone test at Memphis airport, FedEx hub
Memphis International Airport and FedEx will continue drone testing to help the Federal Aviation Administration create a playbook for small package deliveries and other uses.
The FAA last week concluded a three-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program (UAS IPP) in Memphis and eight other localities around the country.
Memphis airport officials announced Monday, Nov. 2, the airport had signed a new agreement with the FAA to continue research designed to lead to more general commercial use of drones.
The FAA’s extended program, called BEYOND, focuses on drone operations beyond visual lines of sight that are “repeatable, scalable and economically viable with specific emphasis on infrastructure inspection, public operations and small package delivery,” the FAA said.