Amazon Prime Air receives FAA approval to deliver packages by drone

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 31st, 2020 4:04 pm

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Last Updated Sep 1st, 2020 at 1:03 pm

Amazon's Prime Air service on Monday received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones to deliver packages to customers across the country.

The FAA granted Amazon an "air carrier certificate" under its Part 135 regulations, which allows the online retail giant to carry packages that fly beyond the drone operator's line of sight.

Amazon said it will use its newly acquired certification to begin testing customer deliveries with drones.

"This certification is an important step forward for Prime Air and indicates the FAA's confidence in Amazon's operating and safety procedures for an autonomous drone delivery service that will one day deliver packages to our customers around the world," Prime Air Vice President David Carbon said.

The FFA approval allows Amazon to "realize our vision of 30-minute delivery," Carbon added.

? Amazon made its first successful drone delivery in 2016, when it transported a Fire TV stick and a bag of popcorn to a customer in Cambridge, England. The company has since logged thousands of flight hours and put the drones through rigorous testing to fine-tune its autonomous systems.


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