The FAA has received a request from Amazon which asks for the federal regulator to excuse it from some current rules as it plans to take its delivery service to the skies.
The regulator published yesterday a petition from Amazon in the Federal Register which would allow the firm to operate “a delivery system that will get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using UAS.”
According to a report from CNN, Amazon has requested permission to use its custom MK27 drone for deliveries.
This comes before the FAA has granted the aircraft a certificate of airworthiness, and an exemption from drone-specific rules, including a requirement that they cannot fly BVLOS.
CNN detailed that the company has also requested to be excused from complying with aviation regulations more commonly associated with planes, such as requirements that pilots fly above certain heights, carry extra fuel, and fly with documentation including maintenance logs aboard the aircraft.
The petition says delivery drones will fly autonomously, or without human input, but that there will be one operator for each drone in the sky at any time.
Amazon has outlined that it would like to eventually have a lower operator to drone ratio.
This would be “subject to FAA approval based on flights and simulations that demonstrate required levels of safety.”
The 29-page petition goes on to detail how the drone delivery program would operate.
It says how the company, at first, only plans to conduct flights during the day in “areas with low population density” when there are no “icing conditions” and the wind is less than 24 knots.
Flights will be planned to avoid “all known overflight areas such as sensitive government installations, hospitals, open air assemblies.”
In June, CDP reported on Amazon’s plan to get delivery drones in the sky ‘within months.’
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