UPS takes step forward toward commercial package deliveries with drones - Atlanta Business Journal The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday OK'd United Parcel Service Inc. limited authority to begin making small deliveries using drones. In July, UPS (NYSE: UPS) applied to the FAA to operate commercial drone flights in the UPS network under a subsidiary business, UPS Flight Forward Inc. The company plans drone flights beyond an operator’s visual line of sight, and for flights occurring day or night. Such flights are highly restricted in the United States and approved only by exception. The FAA on Monday granted UPS an exemption "to the extent necessary to allow UPS FF to conduct small UAS air carrier operations" subject to certain conditions and limitations.