Amazon Granted FAA Approval

Reuters reports that the FAA has granted Amazon an experimental airworthiness certificate to fly its prototype drone, allowing test flights over private, rural land in Washington state. Amazon must keep flights below 400 feet and keep the drone in sight, according to the FAA. The drone operators must have a private pilot licenses and current medical certification. Amazon must supply monthly data to the regulators.

As part of Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos’ plan to deliver packages under a program dubbed “Prime Air,” the company is developing drones that fly at speeds of 50 miles per hour (80 kph), operate autonomously and sense and avoid objects. Amazon also is working with NASA on an air-traffic management system for drones.

I guess you have to start someplace.

 

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