amazonprimeairAmazon’s experimental drone delivery project has not been grounded by new rules set forth by the FAA.

The Federal Aviation Administration released a document on Monday, which was easily misinterpreted as affecting Amazon’s plans.

It outlawed using “model aircraft” for a number of activities, including delivering packages for a fee, or even delivering packaged for free — as Amazon tends to do. But Amazon said in a statement today that the controversial drone program will not be affected by the latest interpretation of the law.

“The FAA filing is about hobbyists and model aircraft, not Amazon, and has no effect on our plans. Our plan has always been to operate as a commercial entity to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less through Amazon Prime Air and this has no effect on that,” a spokeswoman said.

We also reached out to FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown, who confirmed that Amazon’s statement was correct, and that Amazon would be covered by commercial aircraft rules — not hobby rules.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos announced the project “Amazon Prime Air” on 60 minutes in December. At that time, Bezos said it might take years to implement the project, at least four or five optimistically, and admitted at the time that one of the biggest hurdles will be convincing the FAA that it’s safe.

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  • Denver Lifestyle® Real Estate

    Has Amazon magically addressed a little issue called battery life? Most drones have a fly time of 12-15 minutes, with some max’ing out at 25 minutes. Batteries take hours to fully charge. How are you going to get to a home and back in under 20 minutes or so and have hundreds of spare batteries charging in a systematized fashion back at the hangar? I remain very curious and applaud the initiative, but for all the hype, how is it possible logistically given current technology?

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