Wednesday June 22, 2016

Drone Delivery Plans Hit Snag With New US Regulations

Not that drone delivery would have been happening any time soon anyway, these new rules make it all but almost impossible for Amazon and Google to realize their dreams for automated drone delivery.

The regulations mark the government’s first explicit efforts to define the commercial uses for the horde of small, plastic, buzzing aircraft that are invading America’s skies. The Federal Aviation Administration said commercial drones are OK so long as the drone and its payload weigh less than 55lb, stay within unaided sight of the pilot and operators pass a test every two years. In addition, each drone must have its own pilot.