And today is awesome tech news, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has officially given Amazon permission to start testing their long awaited delivery drones. You’ve been hearing about it for a while now, and Amazon has been trying to get the program off the ground (pun intended). As of today, Amazon can start testing the drone service dubbed “Prime Air” outdoors. By no means does this mean that Amazon drones are landing on your doorstep anytime soon.
After years of fighting with the FAA and threatening to roll out the Prime Air program overseas, the FAA folded and legalized commercial drone flight. In the process they have granted several exemptions to different companies that want to begin field testing with flying robots, of course, Amazon was one of those companies.
However, the FAA did give Amazon some restrictions. The approval allows the company to fly remote-controlled aircraft lower than 400 feet during daylight hours, and the pilot must have a private pilot’s certificate. Other restrictions include keeping the aircraft within view of its pilot or a partner, called a “visual observer,” and flying at least 500 feet away from people not associated with the experiments.
[via The Verge]