UK allows drones

While it is still years away in the US, Amazon is allowed to try drone delivery in the UK.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority gave Amazon permission to test several key drone delivery parameters. This includes sending drones beyond the line of sight of their operator in rural and suburban areas, testing sensor performance to make sure the drones can identify and avoid obstacles and allowing a single operator to manage multiple highly-automated drones.

In the US, commercial drones weighing up to 55 pounds can fly during daylight hours but they must remain within sight of the operator or an observer who is in communication with the operator. The operators must pass an aeronautics test every 24 months for a certificate as well as a background check by the Transportation Security Administration.

But apparently the UK is a leader in drone innovation, after all we recently promoted one to foreign secretary and this is mostly because Amazon has a Prime Air research and development facility in the country.

Amazon’s goal is to use drones to deliver packages up to five pounds to customers in 30 minutes or less. Of course with Britexit something costing five pounds a pound will end up being the pound.