Dear Rus: won approval from the FAA to test a delivery drone outdoors, as the e-commerce company pursues its goal of sending packages to customers by small, self-piloted aircraft. 
Fulfillment via drone is a realistic – and exciting-- scenario for some package deliveries in the future -- though the use of drones is fraught with issues involving safety and privacy.


Key components and restrictions of the program are below:

  • Amazon prototype drone will be allowed to perform test flights over private, rural land in Washington state.
  • The experimental certificate applies to a particular drone and Amazon must obtain a new certification if it modifies the aircraft in any way.   This makes is it difficult to adapt the model quickly in the field.
  • Amazon must keep flights below 400 feet and keep the drone in sight.  (Amazon asked to fly up to altitudes of 500 feet).
  • Drone operators must have a private pilot licenses and current medical certification.

Please click here to view the video of how this works.

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Kelly Direct provides C-level management of ten supply chain disciplines for US and international brands, agencies, distributors and non-profit organizations.   The firm represents over 9.5 million square feet of space in the United States, Canada and 14 European countries, specializing in the Southern California market.   Kelly Direct has 25+ years experience in warehousing, assembly, and fulfillment with an excellent reputation for rapid, drama-free execution.

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