The City of Reno and Flirtey say they have successfully completed their first flights in the FAA’s Drone Integration Pilot Program, which is fast-tracking regulatory approvals for drone delivery. 

They say one pilot simultaneously operated multiple Flirtey drones and simulated the delivery of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the presence of the FAA. They were conducted under a regulatory waiver allowing the operation of multiple small unmanned aircraft systems by one pilot, granted to Flirtey.

“Flirtey just demonstrated deliveries with multiple drones per pilot for the first time, which is a major milestone toward scaling drone delivery nationwide,” said Flirtey Founder and CEO Matthew Sweeny. “We’re excited to be working with our partners and the FAA to save lives and improve lifestyles with Flirtey’s drone delivery.”

The flights were conducted using Flirtey’s next-generation drone, which was specially designed to carry heavier payloads for longer distances. 

(City of Reno contributed to this report.)