Amazon Can Begin Testing Its Drones In the US, While The Wait Continues In India

Amazon has been granted permission by the Fedral Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin conducting research, testing and training of its Prime Air delivery drones in the US.
The announcement comes on the back of Amazon threatening the US authorities of taking its operations overseas, if the FAA didn’t allow it to begin testing its drones outdoors.
While there has been a lot of headway in the chalking up of rules and guidelines for civilian drone use in the US, the FAA states that all flight operations must be conducted at 400 feet or below during daylight hours.
Further, Amazon is instructed to employ pilots that at least have a private pilot’s certificate and medical certification, and that the drone must always remain within visual line-of-sight of the pilot/observer.
Even here in India the DGCA is currently working on developing an interim operations guideline for use of drones by civilians. However, until any further announcements are made, drone use in the country is still banned.
[Source: FAA]

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