Amazon to FAA: Let Us Test Delivery Drones
Company seeks permission for commerical flights
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2014 10:15 AM CDT
This undated image provided by Amazon.com shows one of its prototype delivery drones.   (AP Photo/Amazon)

(Newser) – Amazon's vision of a fleet of delivery drones is apparently closer to reality than realized: The company has asked the FAA for permission to run test flights on its own property, reports theStreet. Amazon says it's on a ninth-generation prototype that can carry packages up to 5 pounds and zip around at 50mph. But because of the FAA's restrictions on commercial drone flights, Amazon says its ability to expand testing is limited. And it warned that it would have to move the research out of the country unless it got the OK.

"One day, seeing Amazon Prime Air will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today," writes Amazon VP Paul Misener in the letter. In another sign the company is serious, it is advertising at least six jobs for Prime Air, including openings for a patent lawyer and a software engineer, reports the Wall Street Journal. In terms of the FAA request, Jeff Bezos and company have hope: The agency recently approved commercial drone flights in Alaska.

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FrankFurter
Jul 19, 2014 9:56 PM CDT
Poor amazon, the gov. is holding them back. Or is it? An expensive drone with a expensive battery delivering mouth wash or evan something of value.
charlie hawaii
Jul 14, 2014 10:06 PM CDT
Wow how many more years before the local mafia, drug cartel,drug lords will start using this. let all find a legal way to sabotage the drug group a little hair pin or a monkey wrench will go a long way .m
Ezekiel 25:17
Jul 12, 2014 7:52 PM CDT
Just as long as they will delivery my Parrot Bebop with it, I'm fine with the idea. I want to get it and tell it to fly a regular course around my neighborhood and freak out the neighbors. I'll tell them its on regular patrol.