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December 16, 2021

The Dallas Flyer Episode 6: Testing, Testing

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from: Jacob <howdy@wing.com>

to: Wing Early Flyers

date: December 17, 2021

subject: Testing, Testing


If you’ve been out and about in Frisco or Little Elm lately, you may have caught a glimpse of some of our first flights in DFW. We were especially busy last Saturday, as we completed 30 demonstration flights as part of our community day events in Frisco and Little Elm. Thanks to all those who came out! And for those who couldn’t make it, don't worry. There will be plenty of opportunities down the road. 

As we ramp up flying over the next few weeks, we thought now would be a good time to give you a look at our testing process, and all the work that was done before we ever took off in Texas.

My colleague Alex explains it best with a new YouTube video he published, giving an inside look into our main aircraft testing facility in California. You should definitely check it out.

Just like traditional aviation companies, experimentation and testing are crucial parts of our development process. We have a dedicated flight test team, and they’re always working on something. They test new aircraft designs, software updates, new operating models and flight capabilities in controlled settings – long before we ever bring new technologies to places like Frisco or Little Elm. 

The type of testing we perform is similar to what traditional aviation manufacturers must do to get certification from regulators, even though our aircraft only weighs about 10 pounds. We’ve flown hundreds of thousands of flights so far, and we don’t plan on slowing down any time soon. 

Recently, we completed a test campaign with over 30,000 flights at our California facility. It’s testing like this that demonstrates the safety and reliability of our aircraft, and it’s how we determine that our aircraft is safer for the community than virtually any other form of delivering goods today. 

We’ll be taking a break over the holidays, so we won’t be out in the community or flying much until the new year. But in 2022, we can’t wait to connect with you and put all our experience to good use here in DFW!

Until then, happy holidays!