Amazon warns the Federal Aviation Administration that unless the government agency allows it to start testing drones on US soil as part of its ambition to deliver products by unmanned aircraft it will be forced to shift its operations abroad.
The FAA says that it is still considering Amazon’s request for permission to experiment with drones in open airspace, and that it has requested additional information from the company, including an explanation of why drone delivery would be in the public interest. Vice-president of global public policy, Paul Misener, reply was: “I fear the FAA may be questioning the fundamental benefits of keeping [drone] technology in the United States.”
Amazon’s threat to shift its drone operations abroad is not an idle one. Google is testing unmanned aircraft in Australia, while the German delivery firm DHL has already begun to operate its “parcelcopter” to carry small packages to far-flung islands.