February 01, 2021

How do Wing drones safely operate over cities?

Safety is Wing’s first priority. Wing has designed our drones to be safer for the community on the ground than a similar trip made by road using a car or truck.

Some of our innovative design features include:

  • Automation. The drone system is highly automated and can conduct its own pre-flight checks, flight planning, take-off, pickup, cruise, delivery, landing and charging. In addition, the drone can automatically detect and respond to faults. Pilots can supervise multiple drones simultaneously, and can tell them to land if required.

  • Redundancy. The drone is equipped with many duplicate systems to ensure safety, including two cruise motors, 12 hover motors, multiple batteries, and multiple navigation sensors.

  • Design. The Wing drone is lightweight, with a foam covered airframe and frangible components to improve safety for those on the ground. Wing has worked with organizations including Virginia Tech and the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership to test the safety of the airframe.

Taken together, these features reduce the likelihood and effects of a potential failure. Wing has tested the drone and its components through hundreds of millions of simulations, laboratory testing and over 100,000 flights.

Wing is committed to maintaining an organizational culture that prioritizes safety, transparency and innovation. Our procedures and technology have been reviewed by regulators on three continents. For example, as a Part 135 Air Carrier in the United States, Wing must meet the same level of safety that applies to commercial manned aviation. In addition, we have incorporated safety best practices from manned aviation and implemented a comprehensive Safety Management System for everything from our research and development to commercial operations.

Drone safety diagram