Workhorse Group says it has received a commercial exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration for further research and development of its HorseFly drone package-delivery system.
Stephen Burns, Workhorse's CEO, says the commercial exemption “represents a key milestone” in the development of the system. Announced earlier this year, HorseFly works with a modified WorkHorse walk-in electric van, which acts as a mobile base for the aircraft.
Workhorse says that by using a touchscreen interface in its delivery truck, the driver inputs a destination, and the HorseFly can launch itself from the roof of the vehicle, ascend to a safe cruising altitude and navigate autonomously to the desired delivery point, like a house’s front stoop, to drop off a package.
This Section 333 exemption follows receipt of a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization to the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex. That will allow Workhorse and the University of Cincinnati to continue their joint development of the HorseFly at the Wilmington Air Park in Ohio.