BREAKING: Gets Federal Approval for Drones

by Warner Todd Huston | March 19, 2015 6:19 pm

Well, the future is now for It looks like the federal government just gave the on-line book giant the OK to begin flying a fleet of drones to make deliveries.

Looks like the FAA has just given permission[1] to Amazon to begin more seriously planning the drone delivery concept that it floated last year.

March 19–The Federal Aviation Administration today issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. unmanned aircraft (UAS) design that the company will use for research and development and crew training. The FAA typically issues experimental certificates to manufacturers and technology developers to operate a UAS that does not have a type certificate.

Under the provisions of the certificate, all flight operations must be conducted at 400 feet or below during daylight hours in visual meteorological conditions. The UAS must always remain within visual line-of-sight of the pilot and observer. The pilot actually flying the aircraft must have at least a private pilot’s certificate and current medical certification.

The certificate also requires Amazon to provide monthly data to the FAA. The company must report the number of flights conducted, pilot duty time per flight, unusual hardware or software malfunctions, any deviations from air traffic controllers’ instructions, and any unintended loss of communication links. The FAA includes these reporting requirements in all UAS experimental airworthiness certificates.

This could make the friendly skies interesting, eh?

How much do you think Amazon will lose in the first lawsuit when one of its drones falls from the sky and hurts someone?

  1. the FAA has just given permission:

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