This latter point is particularly crucial for drone-based deliveries.
With today's announcement of the 10 governments selected to carry out the Trump administration's UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP), drone technology innovators AirMap, Zipline and Flirtey have been selected to help cities accelerate the integration of drones into us airspace.
The US drone program has been created to assess how drones can be regulated and worked into US airspace without borking normal aviation; Amazon offered to help but didn't get the nod, which is kind of ironic given it probably flogs more drones than any other tech firm out there.
The city will work withFlirtey, one of the few drone companies that has carried out officially sanctioned unmanned drone tests in the USA, to test delivering medical equipment, such as defibrillators.
Zipline has partnered with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, which was one of the 10 programs selected. Similarly it said that DJI, the world's biggest non-military drone maker, made about a dozen applications but had none approved.
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At Memphis International Airport, drones may soon be inspecting planes and delivering airplane parts for FedEx Corp. But the DOT didn't approve tech giant Amazon (AMZN), which has been a proponent of using drones for delivery.
The selected cities are San Diego, California; Reno, Nevada; Bismark, North Dakota; Memphis, Tennessee; Durant, Oklahoma; Herndon, Virginia; Topeka, Kansas; Raleigh, North Carolina; Fort Myers, Florida, and Fairbanks, Alaska.
"There's a lot of excitement", said Lisa Ellman, a partner in the Washington office of law firm Hogan Lovells, who represents companies in the industry. "At Amazon Prime Air, we're focused on developing a safe operating model for drones in the airspace and we will continue our work to make this a reality".
"We have to have a universal acceptance of an ID network and that all the users of the airspace have to follow the same airspace rules", he said.
In the FAA news release announcing the 10 local and state government awardees, the agency indicated that the fields of "commerce, photography, emergency management, public safety, precision agriculture and infrastructure inspections" could see immediate opportunities from the program. "It shows the federal government has adopted an entirely new way of thinking about these kind of aircrafts", said Gregory McNeal, a co-founder of the drone startup AirMap, which is partnering with six of the 10 selected cities.
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Under current regulations, small drones must fly within 400 feet of the ground, operate during the day and stay within sight of their operators. "It's very hard to allow additional operations like package delivery when other aircraft in that same airspace don't have to identify themselves".
Numerous programs include plans to fly on longer-range operations outside of the view of a drone's ground operator.
FAA also has sent two proposed regulations for expanding drone flight to the White House for review, Chao said. "I have asked the FAA to reach out to many other applicants in coming months and weeks to talk about how they may be able to move forward with their proposals".
With assistance from Thomas Black.
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