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Grant
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And so it begins....

03-20-2015 10:31:10

FAA Issues Experimental Airworthiness Certificate to Amazon
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. unmanned aircraft (UAS) design that the company will use for research and development and crew training. The FAA typically issues experimental certificates to manufacturers and technology developers to operate a UAS that does not have a type certificate.
Under the provisions of the certificate, all flight operations must be conducted at 400 feet or below during daylight hours in visual meteorological conditions. The UAS must always remain within visual line-of-sight of the pilot and observer. The pilot actually flying the aircraft must have at least a private pilot?s certificate and current medical certification.
The certificate also requires Amazon to provide monthly data to the FAA. The company must report the number of flights conducted, pilot duty time per flight, unusual hardware or software malfunctions, any deviations from air traffic controllers? instructions, and any unintended loss of communication links. The FAA includes these reporting requirements in all UAS experimental airworthiness certificates.

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13snoopy
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03-25-2015 12:01:10
Grant
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03-25-2015 05:44:31
I just hope the regulators can envision ,like we can, the situation that will eventually be realized; when machine makes the wrong decision because it is not "Aware"  and the result is an accident. 

Perfect example - Sioux City, Iowa.  Machine cannot do that. Period.
13snoopy
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03-31-2015 12:02:36
Many of the print mags have stories about unmanned aircraft this month. I think it's as for sure as death and tax.
I'm already seeing drones doing more and more photo work that would have been normally meant for airplanes or helis.