Amazon Gets Limited License to Fly Drones

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Amazon is still far from being able to use their drones to deliver your purchases, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Thursday that Amazon has been granted a certificate that allows the company to fly their aircraft without crew – with limitations.

According to the FAA, Amazon will receive an experimental certificate so they can do “research, development and training of flying objects”.

Amazon will also have to provide to the FAA flight data.

As the folks at Imaging Advantage understand it, among the information required by the government are the number of flights flown, hours pilots flew the drones, any unexpected failures, and moments that pilots did not follow the instructions of the control towers.

Amazon announced that it was investigating the possibility of using drones to deliver purchases in December 2013, but has met with resistance from the FAA .  However, the FAA presented its regulations in February.

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