Amazon to deliver
For the first time in the UK, It has been announced that the British Government will partner with Amazon in exploring the possibility of delivering small packages via drones to our doors.
Both Amazon and Google received push back with new US regulations but, with support from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have received permission from a cross-government team to explore three key areas: operations beyond line of sight, obstacle avoidance and flights where one person operates multiple autonomous drones.
Amazon have confirmed that 90% of their sales are deliveries weighing 2.5kg (5lb) or less, which will be suitable for the drones being tested. Pilots have to have completed a training course and apply for permissions from the CAA on a commercial basis.
The main concerns from the CAA are that tests are carried out which will ensure that the delivery service does not adversely affect our airspace. This is caveated with flights being limited to an altitude of 400ft (122m) (Standard permissions for private users) and kept away from airports/flightpaths.
An Amazon spokeswoman said that the top priority is making sure the system can operate safely. “We’re not going to launch until we can demonstrate safety, and that’s what this programme is going to do,” she continued.
“We want to enable the innovation that arises from the development of drone technology by safely integrating drones into the overall aviation system,” Tim Johnson, CAA policy director, said. “These tests by Amazon will help inform our policy and future approach.”