Following its drone / octocopter publicity last December Amazon have now formally applied (July 10) to the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) as follows.”In order to allow outdoor R&D testing for Prime Air in the United States, we are submitting this petition for exemption pursuant to Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.”
Interestingly they indicate that they may have already undertaken some testing outdoors in overseas countries.
The overview of their objectives and the reason for Amazon Prime Air is said to be:
“At Amazon, our energy comes from inventing on behalf of customers. Amazon Prime Air, a new delivery system that will get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using aerial vehicles, is one invention we are incredibly passionate about. We believe customers will love it, and we are committed to making Prime Air available to customers worldwide as soon as we are permitted to do so.”
As far as “exemptions” are concerned the FAA have already granted some commercial ones on a pretty limited basis.
You can download the full amazon petition from the Federal regulations.gov website and, if suitably qualified submit your comments!
We’ll leave you with a rather good runover of Prime Airs progress from Time
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