Food falling from the sky? Holly Springs expands drone food delivery ::

— Delivery by drone is expanding throughout central North Carolina, including the suburbs of Wake County.

The town of Holly Springs launched its partnership with Flytrex several years ago and is now expanding its reach of backyard deliveries within a mile of Holly Springs Towne Center. People can also request their meals to be delivered using public drop-off spots like Ting Park.

Twenty different restaurant in Holly Springs are available for drone delivery.

“As prices continue [to rise], and ground transportation becomes more expensive, the alternatives are great, especially in a COVID situation,” said Aaron Levitt, principal engineer for Holly Springs.

In just 6 months, Mediterra Grill has gone from about five drone orders a day to more than 15 orders a day.

“It’s the convenience,” said Hassane Fassih, owner of Mediterra Grill. “It’s going to be a short time when you compare [Flytrex] with DoorDash.”

An order only takes about 30 to 40 minutes to be delivered, the Flytrex app says.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires that the drones be in a pilot’s line of site, but the law is expected to change.

“Why wait for next-day delivery, when you get your next iPhone in 15 minutes from Best Buy for the same price?” said Yariv Bash, CEO of Flytrex.

Flytrex is also operating in Fayetteville and Raeford. Later this year, company plans to build its first drone production center in Liberty, North Carolina.

To download, Flytrex’s app and get food delivered to you, go to the app store and search Flytrex.