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FAA Provides Amazon Go-Ahead For Drone Flight Testing

By Josh Wolford

March 25, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted Amazon an "experimental airworthiness certificate" that allows the company to begin research and training on its fleet of delivery drones, what the company calls Amazon Prime Air. Unfortunately for Amazon, the certificate comes with some of the same restrictions the FAA proposed in its comprehensive drone regulations back in February.

"The Federal Aviation Administration today issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. unmanned aircraft (UAS) design that the company will use for research and development and crew training. The FAA typically issues experimental certificates to manufacturers and technology developers to operate a UAS that does not have a type certificate," said the FAA in a release.

The FAA says that the certificate only allows daylight drone flights with a 400-foot max height. Also, the drone pilot is required to have "at least a private pilot's certificate and current medical certification."

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