New FAA Rules Stop Amazon Launch its Amazon Air delivery Service
The draft rule affirm that pilots must stay within eyesight of their unmanned crafts, although it said, in some cases, it would consider factoring in a second line of sight.
To operate drones, pilots must be FAA(Federal Aviation Authority) certified.
According to Amazon, it stayed committed to its plans to deliver via drone.
Amazon’s vice-president of global public policy, Paul Misener, said:
We have commitment to realize our vision, and we are prepared to deploy where we have regulatory support we need
Last year, the firm had said that, in terms of technology required for Amazon Air, it was ready to launch as soon as regulations were in place.
The draft rules will be open to public consultation, and are not likely to come into force for a couple of years.
The Small UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Coalition, of which Amazon is a member, said it “applauded” the proposed rules, launched yesterday by the FAA, but mentioned several caveats, which includes relaxing the rule about line of sight.
The group said in one of the statements that:
Now first Person View technology is available, and is critical to unleash the influence of automation in this space. We are not maximizing the technology as other companies already do, Until small UAVs are able to go beyond the sight line.
It also said that proposals should be clear about, if companies can test drones on private property, and should not be limited to daylight operations.
It was added by the coalition, whose members also include drone manufacturers Dji and Ghost, GoPro and Google’s R&D arm Google X, that “with appropriate safeguards” the altitude limit of 500ft (152m) should be raised.
At the beginning of February, Alibaba, The biggest retailer of internet in China, trialed drone deliveries inside the country.
In Australia, Google is also testing drone deliveries. In Germany, DHL aslo carried out an unmanned aircraft delivery.