Looks like the FAA, that is the U.S Federal Aviation Administration has till now banned commercial drones from taking to the sky. Many had hoped that Amazon Prime Air would get the go ahead this year, the new American drone regulations include.
1. Drone pilots must take a knowledge test.
2. There will be a new drone pilot license.
3. Take a test every year.
4. NO medical exam required to fly drones.
5. New drone rules don’t apply if you are a hobbyst.
Tech Crunch explains further:
As expected, commercial drones will only be allowed to fly under 500 feet and no faster than 100 mph. Drones will have to be registered with the FAA. Flights over people are prohibited and visibility has to be over 3 miles.
The FAA is also considering to create a separate category for very small drones under 4.4 pounds that may allow operators to fly over people.
“We have tried to be flexible in writing these rules,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in today’s announcement. “We want to maintain today’s outstanding level of aviation safety without placing an undue regulatory burden on an emerging industry.” As Huerta also noted in a press conference this morning, drones have the potential to “greatly change how we use our airspace,” but the FAA is obviously also interested in ensuring the safety of the existing users.
Amazon Prime Air will not be launched any time soon..
It’ll be almost impossible to operate any delivery drones like the ones Amazon has proposed under these rules.
The FAA needs to begin and expeditiously complete the formal process to address the needs of our business, and ultimately our customers.— Paul Misener, vice president, Global Public Policy, Amazon
As Amazon’s vice president of Global Public Policy told us in an emailed statement this morning, “the FAA’s proposed rules for small UAS could take one or two years to be adopted and, based on the proposal, even then those rules wouldn’t allow Prime Air to operate in the United States. The FAA needs to begin and expeditiously complete the formal process to address the needs of our business, and ultimately our customers. We are committed to realizing our vision for Prime Air and are prepared to deploy where we have the regulatory support we need.” Chances are then, that Prime Air will first launch outside the U.S.