Amazon Prime Air received the Air Carrier Certificate (also known as a Part 135 Certificate) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate its fleet of Prime Air delivery drones. These package delivery small drones are capable of delivering packages up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less.
Although the Prime Air fleet isn’t ready to immediately start package deliveries, the FAA certification allows Amazon to begin testing the technology. The company had to submit detailed evidence about the safety of the drone delivery operation before getting approval.
According to David Carbon, Vice President Prime Air at Amazon, “This certification achievement was no easy feat. It’s the result of the careful development of hundreds of rigorous safety measures by Amazon scientists, engineers, and aviation experts, fueled by their dedication and commitment to what Prime Air stands for: safe, efficient, sustainable autonomous drone delivery.”
Earlier, UPS and Alphabet’s Wing Aviation have also got the FAA approval for their drone delivery operations.
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