Amazon Gets Experimental Airworthiness Certificate

The company will use it for research and development, as well as crew training,

The FAA has issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. unmanned aircraft (UAS) design that Amazon will use for research and development and crew training.

According to the agency's press release, all flight operations must be conducted at 400 feet or below during daylight hours in visual meteorological conditions. The drone must always remain within visual line-of-sight of the pilot and observer. The pilot flying the aircraft must have at least a private pilot's certificate and current medical certification.

Amazon must report to FAA on a monthly basis the number of flights conducted, pilot duty time per flight, malfunctions, deviations from air traffic controllers' instructions, and any unintended loss of communication.

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