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February 28, 2024

Wing's multi-layered approach to detect & avoid

  • , Drone delivery
  • , Education
  • , FAA
  • , Tech


At Wing, safety isn't just a priority, it's woven into the very fabric of our operations. As a leader in drone delivery, we understand the critical responsibility of sharing the skies with traditional aircraft. That's why we've implemented a multi-layered "detect & avoid" system to enable us to safely integrate our aircraft into complex airspace. 

For our operations in the Dallas Fort-Worth area, Wing drones operate within airspace referred to as the "Mode C Veil” and all Wing operations take place below 400 feet in populated areas where most traditional aircraft are not permitted to fly. 

We also leverage cutting-edge technology to actively detect and avoid other air traffic. Most traditional aircraft within the Mode C Veil are required to utilize Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), a system that broadcasts their location and flight data. Our highly automated drones and our “Pilots in Command” are constantly monitoring this real-time data stream. When needed, the drones can pause take off’s and automatically adjust their flight paths to maintain safe distances. Another action the drone can take is to land proactively, directing the drone to designated “preferred landing zones” away from populated areas and traffic, and gently landing on the ground. This is similar to how cars can pull over to the side of the road, when needed. This is yet another layer in the mitigations to help promote safety.

Further, our trained "Pilots in Command" (PICs) continuously monitor the airspace. Our PIC’s can also intervene during a drone flight if needed to initiate a contingency landing. Finally, Wing personnel are always prepared for swift retrieval of landed drones.

If you ever encounter a landed Wing drone, remember two crucial steps: do not touch it and call the phone number located on its wing. This simple action helps us promptly retrieve the drone, while prioritizing public safety.

We believe that responsible drone integration is the key to unlocking the potential of this technology, creating a future where efficient delivery seamlessly coexists with traditional air traffic. With safety at the forefront of everything we do, Wing is proud to pave the way for a future where the skies remain safe and accessible for all.