In May of 2018, the City of Reno, in partnership with Flirtey (a Reno-based drone delivery company) was selected by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) as one of 10 state, local and tribal governments to participate in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP).
About the UAS Integration Pilot Program
The Integration Pilot Program partners the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with local, state and tribal governments as well as private sector participants to safely explore further integration of drone operations into the national airspace.
This three-year program will enable agencies to work on policy including beyond visual line of sight, night operations, flights over people, package delivery, detect-and-avoid technologies and the reliability and security of data links between pilot and aircraft.
- City of Reno IPP Press Release
- US Department of Transportation IPP Selection Announcement
- FAA Webcast IPP Selection Announcement
- FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program Overview
- FAA UAS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
City of Reno/Flirtey Program Overview
The City of Reno and Flirtey are partnering to test the use of drones to deliver Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to cardiac arrest patients in Washoe County, Carson City, and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. In doing so, the data collected throughout the Integration Pilot Program will be used to fast-track medical and commercial drone delivery and influence the safe integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems into the National Airspace.
Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of natural death in America, and for every minute that a cardiac arrest patient waits to receive defibrillation, their odds of survival decrease by about 10 percent per minute. Deploying AEDs via drones can increase the cardiac arrest survival rate from just 10 percent today, to approximately 47 percent.
The Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) is the exclusive ground emergency medical services provider for Washoe County. When fully implemented, this program will integrate with the REMSA dispatch system and will provide the caller the opportunity to have an AED dispatched by drone at the same time Emergency Medical Services (EMS) First Responders are deployed. With successful implementation, this program has the potential to provide access to life saving AED services before first responders are able to arrive and potentially increase the survival rate of cardiac arrest patients in Washoe County. Numerous team members will be involved in the implementation of this program including:
- City of Reno
- Alpine Insurance
- American Red Cross
- Carson City Fire Department
- City of Reno Fire Department
- City of Reno Police Department
- The City of Sparks and Sparks Fire Department
- Iris Automation
- Northern Nevada Medical Center
- Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
- Truckee Meadows Community College
- Washoe County
Looking to keep up with news and information about the City of Reno UAS Integration Pilot Program?
- Flirtey and City of Reno receive FAA approval for drone delivery beyond visual line of sight
- City of Reno and Flirtey complete first flights under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Drone Integration Pilot Program
- Reno selected to participate in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program
- FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program Announcement
- Flirtey Launches First Emergency Drone Delivery Program in U.S.
- Drones will deliver defibrillators to 911 callers to help treat cardiac arrest
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We welcome input and participation from Washoe County residents. Please visit the links below:
- Provide general feedback or comments regarding the City of Reno UAS testing involvement
- Sign up to receive regular updates via email
Members of the news media can use our media request form to submit an inquiry regarding the UAS testing programs that are occurring with the City of Reno.