“We are committed to realizing our vision for Prime Air and are prepared to deploy where we have the regulatory support we need.”
While the proposed rules wouldn’t allow companies like Amazon to deliver orders using unmanned aircraft, it could open further opportunities for drones to be used in search and rescue, and in farming.
In addition, pilots will need to pass a recurrent aeronautical knowledge test every two years and present their drones to the FAA for inspection upon request.
The proposal will be opened to public consultation before it is implemented, which could take up to two years. Until that process is completed, the current rules governing unmanned aircraft will remain in effect.