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Amazon performing secret drone testing in Canada close to US border

03/31, 6:58am

Drone delivery tests carried out away from restrictive FAA regulations

Amazon's attempts to test its drone-based Prime Air delivery service on a larger scale are being carried out in secret in Canada, according to a report. The retailer has apparently tested out the drones outdoors in British Columbia on a frequent basis, in order to sidestep the restrictive rules that apply to commercial drones in the United States, hampering development of the potential service.

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FAA speeds up drone authorizations, Amazon complains over slow process

03/25, 12:32pm

Recent Amazon drone authorization was for obsolete model

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is speeding up the process for commercial drone operators to be provided exemptions allowing them to fly. The change in policy comes amid complaints from Amazon over the application process, which it claims is so slow that its recent FAA approval it received was for a drone that has since become obsolete.

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FAA gives Amazon approval for outdoor drone delivery testing

03/19, 10:11pm

Restrictions of FAA certificate only for local testing of Amazon Prime Air drones

Amazon's plan to bring drone-based deliveries to the United States has taken another step to becoming reality, thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The regulator has examined Amazon's request to test its potential service, and has granted the online retailer with an "experimental airworthiness certificate," allowing it to perform testing outdoors.

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Briefly: Drone 'drug mule' crashes, The Interview hits Netflix

01/22, 7:09am

Drone used to transport drugs across US-Mexico border crashes

A drone used to smuggle drugs between the United States and Mexico has crashed. The drone, a six-propeller craft, was found in a supermarket parking lot near the San Ysidro crossing carrying over six pounds of methamphetamine, according to the Associated Press. While Tijuana police spokesman Jorge Morrua did not say whether they had suspects for the drug trafficking attempt, he did advise that drones have been used for transporting drugs before, along with light aircraft and catapults.

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Amazon job listings suggest future testing of drone deliveries in UK

11/12, 6:29am

UK aviation jobs with Amazon accompanied by voice recognition roles

Amazon's attempts to create a drone delivery service may involve some testing in the United Kingdom. Job postings for Evi Technologies, an Amazon-owned company, show the retail giant is looking for a flight operations engineer, a site leader, a project manager, a software developer, and an office manager, with all jobs directly mentioning Amazon Prime Air.

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Presidential executive order over drone usage reportedly on the way

07/25, 7:34am

NTIA may be called to create voluntary best practices for commercial drones

President Barack Obama may issue privacy guidelines for commercial drones in the United States, claims a report. Plans to issue an executive order allegedly involve the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) working with consumer groups, and companies planning to operate drones in the future, to create "voluntary best practices" for the unmanned aircraft.

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FAA considers quicker permitting of small, low risk commercial drones

05/19, 2:36pm

Ahead of unmanned aircraft law, a decision could come as early as November

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a faster process for allowing the use of small, "low risk" drones for use in commercial applications. Requests for drone use have come to the agency for various business endeavors, such as commercial inspections and filmmaking in recent history -- causing the agency to consider short-term approvals before unmanned flight regulation is more formally addressed in the future.

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Parrot Bebop Drone, Skycontroller accessory offers VR viewpoint

05/12, 9:17am

Upcoming Parrot Skycontroller will connect with VR headsets

Parrot has unveiled its latest remote-controlled drone, one which can take advantage of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The Bebop Drone follows on from the earlier AR.Drone releases by being a compact quadricopter with a camera, except this time the company is offering accessories that can boost the range and the usability of the flying machine.

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NTSB judge rules commercial drones are legal, reverses FAA ban

03/07, 7:33am

Six-year FAA ban on drones declared not legally binding by judge

Commercial drones are legal in the United States, a judge on the National Transportation Safety Board has ruled. A fine against a drone operator by the Federal Aviation Administration will not stand, as it has been decided by Judge Patrick Geraghty that the FAA does not have any enforceable rule or regulation that applies to the usage of model aircraft.

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