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Acquiring FAA approval for commercial delivery via drones

A few years ago, Amazon announced its plan to use delivery drones for package drop offs in as little as 30 minutes after purchase. A key part of completing the vision is developing a patented drone that satisfies Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. Amazon’s Prime Air is currently under patent review to ensure comprehensive safety and legal compliance.

Amazon is undoubtedly taking bold steps to increase its reliance on mechanical systems for daily operations. Many corporations are challenged to advance themselves through innovative concepts. Materializing such ideas requires meeting specific guidelines outlined by national and state regulations.

Acquiring FAA approval

Acquiring FAA approval for the use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is a tedious process. Many factors are taken into consideration before approval is granted. The process of having a commercial drone approved by FAA includes satisfying proper registration and licensure requirements. Thorough testing is conducted on current state and national regulations for commercial drone use.

Possible legal issues for drone deliveries

Drone delivery propositions made to the FAA may result in legal conflict in areas of privacy and safety. Part 107 of the FAA has outlined a summary of drone regulations. Some of the obstacles corporations like Amazon and other businesses face include the prohibition of drones flying over the heads of individuals and traffic. Businesses and corporations have the option of requesting a waiver regarding the stipulations imposed.

The overall role of the FAA is to implement a framework of safety boundaries for aerial operations without blocking the advancement of futuristic innovation. It is a feat to balance advancement while satisfying tight regulations. However, many corporations and businesses are working within the legal framework to diversify the uses of drones for commercial use. As technology and the law work together, drone deliveries may become a reality.

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