When Amazon announced Prime Air a few months ago, we all got excited, then came the catch. It probably wasn’t going to happen. At least not any time soon. However since then, things have slowly start to change in Amazon’s benefit. Now the FAA has issued an “experimental airworthiness certificate” to Amazon which will allow them to test out their delivery drones, but with some restrictions.
According to the certificate Amazon will only be allowed to test the drones on days with clear conditions during daylight. The drones also cannot fly out of sight of the pilot. That pilot is required to have a private’s pilot certificate and an observer with them.
Those restrictions place strong limits on how Amazon can test their drones, but a step forward is still a step forward no matter how small.
Source: NBC News