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Get Ready For Optimus Prime Shipping: FAA Approves Amazon Drone Experiments

 

 

 

 

 

” It seems like all that hype from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos about using drones for deliveries wasn’t hype after all. The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that it has awarded an experimental airworthiness certificate for a drone design presented by Amazon Logistics, the online retailer’s in-house fulfillment and delivery company.

  The certificate amounts to a learner’s permit for drone operations. It allows Amazon to conduct flight operations under 400 feet altitude, during daylight hours, “in visual meteorological conditions,” the FAA announcement states. Additionally, the certificate requires that “the [unmanned aircraft] 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.”

  As with all of the experimental drone airworthiness certificates being issued by the FAA in advance of formal approval of unmanned aircraft, Amazon’s permission slip to fly comes with some oversight. Amazon will have to report monthly data to the FAA on how many flights it conducted, the amount of pilot time associated with each flight, and information on “unusual hardware or software malfunctions, any deviations from air traffic controllers’ instructions, and any unintended loss of communication links.”

  These conditions don’t exactly lend themselves to Amazon using drones very soon to help with the one-hour delivery to Amazon Prime customers the company announced recently. But they put Amazon in position to be among the very first commercial drone operators in the US once the FAA gives approval for full integration of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace. “

 

Thanks to Sean Gallagher at ArsTechnica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lakemaid Brewery Testing Beer Delivery Using Drones

 

 

 

 

” Lakemaid Beers – whose tagline is “Great Fishermen need Great Beer” –  posted a video on YouTube showing a drone delivering a case of beer to ice-fishermen on a nearby lake.

  The video shows a shop assistant taking a call before writing down co-ordinates for the delivery, attaching the case of beer to a drone and setting it off over the ice-covered lake, where it is delivered to the customer.”

 

 

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Amazon Announces Drone Home Delivery

 

 

” Amazon is about to start delivering products by air straight to your doorstep by remote control drones if you live in certain 30min zone .”

     The video is a brief clip from the CBS 60 Minutes episode that aired last night from Youtube . To see the entire segment click on the header and go directly to CBS .