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Amazon Wins FAA Approval for Prime Air Drone Delivery Fleet

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An Amazon aerial drone practices package delivery.

Amazon has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to use its fleet of drones for unmanned package delivery services.

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted approval to Amazon to operate its fleet of Prime Air delivery drones for unmanned package delivery.

The agency said the approval authorizes Amazon to "safely and efficiently deliver packages to customers" under Part 135 of FAA regulations, which empowers the company to convey property on small drones "beyond the visual line of sight" of the operator.

Amazon said it will use the new certification to start testing customer drone deliveries.

Prime Air's David Carbon said, "We will continue to develop and refine our technology to fully integrate delivery drones into the airspace, and work closely with the FAA and other regulators around the world to realize our vision of 30-minute delivery."

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