Still a Long Way to Go for Amazon Drone Deliveries

24/7 Wall St.

package delivery dronesThe U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to a division of Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) that allows the company to conduct outdoor testing of its package delivery drone aircraft. The certificate comes about a month after the FAA issued proposed rules to regulate the use of drones in non-recreational activities.

The FAA stipulated in its certificate that all flights must be during daylight hours and may be no higher than 400 feet. The pilot or operator must maintain visual contact with the drone at all times. The pilot who is flying the device must have at least a private pilot’s license and current medical certification. Amazon must also supply monthly data reports to the agency.

This is not quite what Amazon was angling for when it applied to test its drones outdoors. The company hopes to use the devices to deliver packages within a…

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