Amazon Says Locals And States Must Not Be Permitted To Operate ‘Unmanned’ Commercial Drones
Amazon Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) opined that local communities and states must not be permitted to “regulate unmanned aerial systems” warranted by aviation regulators. The American Internet-based store is seeking to strengthen its objective in delivering products through drones.
In a statement released by the U.S. Oversight Committee in the House of Representatives, Amazon’s Vice-President for Global Public Policy wrote that “Uniform federal rules must apply” and localities and states “must not be allowed to regulate UAS that the FAA has authorized, including with respect to airspace, altitude, purpose of operations, performance and operator qualifications.”
Misener’s statement was submitted before his scheduled appearance before the Oversight Committee on June 17, 2015 for a hearing on the economic potential and concerns on privacy and safety of using commercial drones, news said.
During the hearing on Wednesday, Misener commented that while commercial drones can make delivery trips more quickly, “it could revolutionize the way people shop for items” should the government regulations intervene.
“If a consumer wants a small item quickly, instead of driving to go shopping or causing delivery automobiles to come to her home or office, a small, electrically-powered (drone) vehicle will make the trip faster and more efficiently and cleanly,” Misener spoke before the committee that was quoted by Access WDUN.
In February, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed certain rules requiring operators to maintain within eyesight their commercial drones resulting in a limited distance that drones could fly. Should said restrictions be approved, Amazon’s intent of using commercial drones in delivering packages will be disrupted.
But Michael Whitaker, FAA’s deputy administrator said before the U.S. government could allow widespread use of commercial drones, “More research is needed.”
Also speaking before the Oversight Committee, Whitaker said “We are working diligently to develop a regulatory framework that will allow for innovation while ensuring the safety of other users of the airspace and people and property on the ground.”
Within the year, the rules shall be finalized according to Whitaker. Meanwhile, Misener begged the FAA and Congress to accelerate reconsideration of restrictions and finalization of rules. He added that “technology exists to safely operate commercial drones well beyond the eyesight of the operator.”