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This article was published on March 19, 2015

Amazon can now legally fly its experimental delivery drones during daytime

Amazon can now legally fly its experimental delivery drones during daytime
Owen Williams
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Owen Williams

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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

A big hurdle has been overcome by Amazon today for a future where everything’s delivered by drones; the FAA has granted the company an experimental airworthiness certificate for its delivery drones.

The company is allowed to use the drones during daylight, below 400 feets in “visual meteorological conditions” which boils down to a clear day. It also requires Amazon to have pilots with visual line-of-sight with the drones.

Under the experimental certificate, Amazon is required to provide monthly flight data to the FAA such as number of flights, pilot duty time, hardware/software malfunctions, deviations from air traffic controllers’ instructions and any loss in communication with the drones.

Still, despite the strict rules it’s great news for Amazon’s potential delivery fleet with its drones to finally get off the ground.

➤ Amazon Gets Experimental Airworthiness Certificate [FAA]