The FAA might kill Amazon’s drone delivery program before it’s even born


For years, pro-drone activists – and yes, there are pro-drone activists – have worried that the Federal Aviation Administration, the government agency tasked with regulating things that fly, would harm their cause by imposing strict rules on who’s allowed to fly drones, and where and how they’re allowed to do it. Chief among those worriers has been Amazon, which wants to use small, lightweight drones to deliver packages to your doorstep. (A program it calls Prime Air.)

But Prime Air’s days may be numbered, according to the Wall Street Journal, which obtained the FAA’s draft rules for drones. The rules are stricter than some had expected. Drone operators would be required to have pilot’s certifications that could take months or years to obtain. Flights would be limited to under 400 feet, and drones would have to remain in their operators’ sight at all times. Perhaps more importantly, the FAA’s…

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