Mediaite: Amazon Protests FAA's Proposed Drone Regulations

Originally posted at Mediaite.

On Sunday the FAA proposed new regulations for the use of commercial drones, and those rules quickly found their first rebel: the online retail behemoth Amazon.

Some of you may recall all the way back to December 2013, when Amazon founder Jeff Bezos unveiled his plan for commercial drone delivery during a suspiciously credulous segment of 60 Minutes. Immediate questions arose about whether Prime Air would be legal.

Last summer, Amazon formally requested permission from the FAA for large-scale testing delivery drones; the FAA has issued occasional waivers allowing drone flights for news filming, agricultural surveys, and the like.

But under the FAA’s new proposed rules Amazon’s delivery service would be kaput. The rules would limit the flight of drones to 500 feet, require that they be kept in sight of the drone operator, and forbid the carrying of third-party packages, rendering drone delivery all but impossible.

“We have tried to be flexible in writing these rules,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We want to maintain today’s outstanding level of aviation safety without placing an undue regulatory burden on an emerging industry.”

Amazon was not mollified by that. “The FAA needs to begin and expeditiously complete the formal process to address the needs of our business, and ultimately our customers,” an Amazon spokesperson told The Guardian. “We are committed to realizing our vision for Prime Air and are prepared to deploy where we have the regulatory support we need.”

Critics of the proposed rules say the FAA, which has been working on these for two years, did not fully take into account advances in navigation software. Alas, the crashing of a drone on the White House lawn last month probably did little to help their cause.

Rumors that Amazon threatened to make searches for Dreams from My Father return Dinesh D’Souza books went unconfirmed at press time.

Read more at Mediaite.

 

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8 Comments

  • Bert Stark says:

    February 19, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Please keep up the good work and may the Lord bless you and your efforts.

  • Robyn Campbell says:

    February 19, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Oh wow. Unbelievable. Obama his destroyed our country. Amazon would do well to trash Dreams From My Father. We are with you, Dinesh. From NC.

  • Julie says:

    February 19, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Am I the only one seeing words blanked out here? Is that on purpose, Dinesh?

  • Kay says:

    February 20, 2015 at 5:23 AM

    I love my country. Been a citizen for over 80 years. My father taught me to love America that it is, yes IS the greatest country in the world and has done the most good in this world. Our leftist friends would have you believe otherwise and if you don’t their agenda plans to make you do so have already begun. Wake Up America, your country is being stolen out from under you from a certain office in Washington DC.

  • mommadogfaceintheban says:

    February 20, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    I see no blanked out words Julie. Hummm.

    Dinesh, God bless you for taking on this tyrant. You are brave and wonderful. Never stop. The American People support you…and do not support the tyrant in chief.

  • Milton Alvis says:

    February 21, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Rudy Giuliani is one of the few national figures will to state both truth and the obvious:
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4070700436001/rudy-giuliani-reacts-to-the-backlash-over-his-obama-remark/?#sp=show-clips

  • Lynette White says:

    February 21, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Please te ll me why Obama can’t be impeached & removed from the office of Presidency due to the many crimes of belittling the laws & ignoring the constitution of the USA. Is there no law in the constitution that prohibits a person holding his positiion & doing the things he’s doing from being removed from that position? I see him as a complete traitor to the United States of America!

  • Kay says:

    February 22, 2015 at 3:28 AM

    My understanding is that impeachment would allow all his signature bills to remain in place. it would take one long time to undo them. There are plenty of reasons to do that, something needs to be done before he does so much damage in the next 2 years America’s recovery from his presidency would be one big job. I get the feeling there will be a major crisis at election time and he won’t leave office by calling our “his army.”. I put nothing past him and his cronies on the WH list of Czars. Hope for the best though. America is the greatest nation on this planet and has done more for other countries than any other nation and no matter what OB says that’s a fact. Can’t change the truth!