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Amazon Gets The Okay To Test Drones

Sunday, March 29th, 2015 by | Filed Under: In The News, Quick Tips, Uncategorized

Amazon has secured FAA approval to test out delivery via drone. But don’t expect your packages to be delivered to your door by drone just yet. The company was issued an experimental airworthiness permit to test the drones outside for the purposes of research and crew training.


But the drones must stay in the line of sight of the pilot and the pilot must be a licensed pilot. The drones must stay below 400 feet and can only fly during the day.

Amazon’s goal with it’s drone service is to have packages delivered to customers within 30 minutes from the time of order. The 30 minute delivery time would, of course, be limited to locations near a warehouse facility.

The company believes that one day seeing Amazon drones will be a normal a sight as a mail truck on the road.

 ~ Cynthia


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53 Responses to “Amazon Gets The Okay To Test Drones”

  1. Jim Rue says:

    Delivering Amazon products such as books, electrical gadgets, software, etc. by drones is not a good idea. We have already cluttered outerspace with all sorts of satellites and other debris. Do we now want to clutter our atmosphere with drones? I hope not.

    Drones may be useful in emmergency situations such as delivering a heart for transplant.

    I like the KISS theory (Keep It Simple Stupid).

  2. Dee Lortie says:

    Do not want drones in the sky delivering anything. Agree with Mr. Rue above completely – no cluttering our atmosphere any further.

  3. Sandra Riccardi says:

    Very spooky. Someone will probably try to shoot them down….”death of a delivery”?

  4. Gimp says:

    My concerns here are simple. Where will the products be delivered to each establishments if their are several different business’ in same building? Where is the guarantee that that delivery will get to the delivery point? Security comes into play here and trust worthiness as well from others around the delivery area. If dropped off critters such as dogs are a curious animal and may thing it is a toy. Curious persons seeing small something same scenario. The concept is great, but the security interests are a real concern Their are sticky fingered people out there too.

  5. Jerry Haas says:

    Add my “NO” vote. I could repeat all of the valid reasons against the drones stated in previous posts. I’ll simply repeat “NO”.

  6. Al B says:

    Additional air clutter with high accident potential. How would this prevent the high amount of package theft currently occuring? If backyard delivery how is package weather or sprinkler proofed, as well as protected from animal damage? A very poor idea, frought with extensive problem potential. How about discounting cost of freight and delivering to a secure facility where recipient can retrieve with proper identification?

  7. Robert Senkow says:

    I think we have too much junk in the air already.
    The delivery services available used to be very good
    but all of a sudden it has turned lousy.
    The delivery people throw your packages on the porch
    and don’t even ring the doorbell. If its raining many
    of the packages end up soaking wet. We need to train the
    services we have already how to make an efficient delivery.
    What is the drone going to do drop packages like a bomb.

  8. Jo de Jong says:

    I don’t like the idea, and I don’t think that degree of delivery speed is necessary. Could be hazardous to children, to structures, to automobiles (accidents DO happen) and would cause general neighborhood clutter. No thanks.

  9. Chris says:

    Very bad idea for MANY reasons.

  10. Kat says:

    The first thing I thought of was how would it be placed on my covered porch, and what if I were sitting out there? What delivery service would oversee this or would it just be called Amazon delivery? I’m never opposed to new innovations but I would surely want to be assured of it’s safety. When the post office started using trucks to deliver mail people were also afraid of getting run over, but we are used to it now. I guess I have more questions than anything else.

  11. Robert Kreischer says:

    I hope you will not use goggle mapping for your delivery addresses. Because goggle shows my address about a quarter mile south of where I actually live.

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