The U. S. Federal Aviation Administration issued an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate to an Amazon, Inc. Unmanned Aircraft to be used by Amazon for research and development.
Under the certificate’s provisions, “all flight operations must be conducted at 400 feet or below during daylight hours in visual meteorological conditions.” The pilot controlling the aircraft (drone) must have a pilot’s certificate and medical certification.
Amazon is required to send a monthly data report to the FAA, that includes varrious details of those experiments.
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Amazon has already announced its plans for a future drone delivery system, designed to deliver a package in 30 minutes or less. In july 9, 2014 Amazon did send a letter to the FAA asking for approval for R&D testing.
Sources: Federal Aviation Administration – faa.gov, Amazon, Inc.
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Drone Photo by Michael Khor
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