The FAA’s new rules for flying drones in the US won’t allow Amazon to deliver packages by air


The US’ Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation have unveiled a proposal for rules governing the use of drones in the country. The regulations [PDF link] aim to maintain aviation safety standards, but also make it difficult for companies hoping to use drones to courier packages. The listed limitations include flying unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55lb only between sunrise and sunset, and keeping the drone within a pilot’s line of sight, under 500 feet altitude. Operators are also prohibited from dropping cargo from drones. That effectively kills Amazon’s plans for revolutionizing its delivery methods. Paul Misener, Amazon vice-president…

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