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Amazon and other companies call for revised drone rules

RBR Staff Writer Published 28 April 2015

Amazon, along with a host of companies, is calling for a more flexible regulation for commercial use of small drones proposed by the FAA in the US.

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In February, FAA proposed a rule that will allow individual drones weighing up to 55 pounds to fly within sight of their remote pilots during daylight hours.

Amazon is, however, requesting FAA to revise the regulation as the online retailer seeks to fly drones beyond the line of sight of pilots and to allow pilots to monitor multiple drones, reported USA Today.

The ability to fly drones beyond the line of sight is key to Amazon's Prime Air 30-minute delivery service.

The USA Today quoted Amazon Public Policy vice president Paul Misener as saying that the proposal for flying drones beyond the line of sight has the potential to transform package delivery offered by unmanned aircraft systems as well as offers other applications such as the delivery of medical supplies and search and rescue operations.

The FAA received over 4,400 comments about rules proposed in February for commercial drones weighing up to 55 pounds.

FAA will now analyze the comments for a period of 18 to 24 months and will possibly change its proposals.

Amazon is part of a trade group comprising Google, DJI, Parrot, 3D Robotics, camera supplier GoPro which has suggested over 20 revisions to FAA's drone rules.


Image: Amazon requests FAA to revise the regulation by allowing drones to fly beyond the line of sight of pilots and to allow pilots to monitor multiple drones. Photo: courtesy of Victor Habbick / freedigitalphotos.