In December of 2013, Amazon teased the world with the thought of delivering (small) packages to your doorstep using drones, as first reported here. It got a lot of people talking. But since that initial announcement from Amazon, there hasn't been any indication that it was real. Was it purely a publicity stunt? If it was, it was a good one. But what if it was real?Drones have been popping up in the news quite often, usually because they are pushing the boundaries of what "rules" the FAA currently has in place. Because there is no clear-cut law, individuals and companies continue to use the helicopters for filming and photography purposes.
Last week Amazon filed an exemption with the FAA under section 333 of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which limits the use of drones for commercial purposes.
To receive the exemptions, Amazon must show that their UAS operations will not adversely affect safety, or provide at least an equal level of safety to the rules from which they seek the exemption. - Alison Duquette. Spokeswoman for the FAA
Whether or not Amazon will be given special permissions by the FAA is yet to be seen. But it will certainly be interesting to see this idea turn into reality.