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Amazon Drones get US Regulator Permission


US federal regulators have allowed Amazon to test drones to deliver the goods, writes The New York Times.

- FAA today issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to Amazon Logistics to design unmanned aircraft, which the company will be using for research, development and training of crews, - the statement informs.

Amazon project is called "Prime Air" and will allow customers to receive orders in just half an hour. Drones will carry packages with maximum mass of 2.3 kg. Amazon has already held a series of similar experiments in their enterprises in Seattle.

According to the country’s existing rules, the commercial use of drones is illegal. In February, FAA submitted a new rules project for the use of the UAV. The new rules will take effect no earlier than one year, as they must first pass through the stage of public discussion and amendment. Seeking for months to permit testing of the UAV, Amazon has repeatedly warned FAA that if existing severe restrictions on the use of UAVs will not be weakened, the country will lose a significant infusion in the budget and investment, as companies seek to draw on the drones, just may withdraw their business outside the United States.

Received from the FAA, permission provides testing drones outdoors over private land in the state of Washington. Amazon logistics division in accordance with a resolution can use the UAV  for 'research, making improvements and training. "

According to the requirements of FAA, which state the limits for absolutely all flights of this kind, the drone should not get in the air above 120 m. Flights must be carried out only in the daytime, and the person who remotely controlled drones, should not release the unit from sight. In addition, not everyone will be allowed to the management of the UAV, but only those who have a license for at least a private pilot, and underwent a medical examination. In accordance with the requirements of FAA, Amazon will have to submit monthly data on the number of perfect flight and cases of failure of the device or software.
Earlier FAA has issued a similar resolution.

As a rule, aerospace companies such as Boeing, received the permits for conducting research and development in new unmanned aerial vehicles technologies.