Drone Deliveries Begin

Posted: October 22, 2019

When you're waiting for a package, the rumble of a big brown UPS truck can be exciting. Will you get the same feeling at the whirrr of a delivery drone? It is looking more and more likely that drone deliveries will be in your future!

The Wing company, working with Google, began drone delivery last week in a small Virginia city.

Whirrrr! The first delivery was to customers who ordered cough and cold medicine. Whirrr! Another delivery brought a pretty purple winter vest to 81-year-old Susie Sensmier’s front yard. “I didn't think I would live that long or it wouldn't come in my lifetime. I'm thrilled,” she says.

Wing started small. Drones began by flying to customers within four miles of its warehouse in Christiansburg, Virginia. But the little craft are capable of flying 12-miles round trip.

The Federal Aviation Authority makes rules about which aircraft can fly, when, and where. The FAA gave Wing its blessing, and Friday’s flights mark Wing’s first live commercial deliveries in the United States.

Wing chief James Ryan Burgess points out the speed with which drones can make deliveries. People can receive their orders as soon as minutes after placing them. And he notes that drones would reduce the number of vans and trucks on the road.

What’s that sound? Whirrr! Is it a set of Legos for you, a scarf for mom, or a car part for dad coming in for a landing?

(Ms. Sensmier never imagined drone delivery. Do you wonder what God has in store for you? You probably can’t even imagine right now what He is yet to do. But everything is for your good if you love the Lord. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11)

Wing drones hover at a height of about 23 feet before lowering a package to the ground by tether on Friday, October 18, 2019. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)