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Amazon seeks US permission for drone tests

11
Jul
2014

Online giant Amazon has sought permission for drone test flights in the United States, saying it is moving forward on plans for deliveries using the unmanned aircraft. In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration made public this week, Amazon said that because of restrictions on drones in US airspace, it has been conducting test flights indoors and in other countries. Of course, Amazon would prefer to keep the focus, jobs, and investment of this important research and development initiative in the United States by conducting private research and development operations outdoors near Seattle, the letter said. Amazon said an exemption to FAA rules would be in the public interest and is a necessary step towards realizing the consumer benefits of Amazon Prime Air, which company founder Jeff Bezos has described as a plan for drone delivery to consumers.

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