Federal report: Drone deliveries in Frisco should have ‘no significant’ environmental effect

One of Wing's delivery drones lowers a package at the home of Frisco resident Greg Allbright. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
One of Wing's delivery drones lowers a package at the home of Frisco resident Greg Allbright. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

One of Wing's delivery drones lowers a package at the home of Frisco resident Greg Allbright. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

The upcoming drone delivery service for select residents in Frisco should have no major effect on the environment, according to a federal report.

Drone delivery company Wing, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is “one step closer” to launching its service after the Federal Aviation Administration released its final environmental assessment in February. Certain Frisco and Little Elm residents will soon be able to receive delivery of a selection of about 100 nonprescription items from Walgreens by air.

The report states that available data on “existing conditions and potential impacts” was analyzed. According to the report, Wing is projecting a maximum of about 100 flights per day in the first year of operations.

Flights would occur during daytime hours only, the report stated, typically on five days of the week and generally excluding holidays.

“The FAA has determined the [drone delivery service] will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment,” the report stated.


Jacob Demmitt, Wing marketing and communications manager, said there is no definitive launch date yet. Demmitt added “procedural” work remains before the company can launch the service in the coming months.

“As we’ve introduced drone delivery services to communities around the world, we’ve seen over and over again that this technology is not only more convenient for shoppers and more efficient for businesses, but it’s also better for the environment than other forms of transportation,” Demmitt said.

Wing in the past months has been conducting test flights around Frisco. Visit https://wing.com/dfw for more information. Emails can be sent to [email protected]
By Matt Payne
Matt Payne reports on Frisco City Hall and its committees, Collin County Commissioners and McKinney business. His experience includes serving as online content editor at Fort Worth Magazine and city editor at the Killeen Daily Herald. He is a 2017 graduate of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton.