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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Amazon delivery drone wins FAA approval for testing in rural Washington

  • Company must fly below 400ft in ‘visual meterological conditions’

  • Amazon will need to obtain new certification if it modifies drone design Inc has won US federal regulators’ approval to test a delivery drone, as the e-commerce giant pursues a vision of speeding packages to customers through the air amid public concern over the safety and privacy implications.

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday it had issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon unit and its prototype drone design, allowing it to conduct outdoor test flights on private, rural land in Washington state.

Related: Amazon to begin testing same-day delivery drones in Cambridge

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