The Amazon drone project has been permitted under strict rules, says the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This, however, is bound to mark the beginning of fierce competition in the commercial drone arena among the big players in the retail business.
The FAA issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) design last week. This, the company will use for research and development and crew training.
In a press release on the FAA website, the agency said it typically issues experimental certificates to manufacturers and technology developers to operate a UAS that does not have a type certificate.
Under the provisions of the certificate, all flight operations must be conducted at 400 feet or below during daylight hours in visual meteorological conditions. The UAS must always remain within visual line-of-sight of the pilot and observer. The pilot actually flying the aircraft must have at least a private pilot’s certificate and current medical certification.
The certificate also requires Amazon to provide monthly data to the FAA. The company must report the number of flights conducted, pilot duty time per flight and unusual hardware or software malfunctions. It must also report any deviations from air traffic controllers’ instructions, and any unintended loss of communication links. The FAA includes these reporting requirements in all UAS experimental airworthiness certificates.
Amazon Drone Project and Business
Amazon drone project is intended to to speed up the delivery process of about 86 percent of all items sold by Amazon. The Amazon drone is expected to carry deliveries not more than 5 pounds of weight and being branded as Amazon Prime Air. And the Amazon drone will also cut the time in most deliveries to about half an hour.
Amazon Inc., the online shopping leader has recently ventured into many delivery businesses. What started off as an online book store is now become a grocery and fashion one stop online shop.
The company also provides web services to some government agencies and individual companies like Netflix on its cloud platform.
The video above shows how this brilliant idea works. Kudos to Jeff Bezos and his team for thinking outside the box and hope that the Amazon drone project will work.
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