Remember when we shared Amazon's plans to bring us packages via drones? That might not happen right now thanks to the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) of America.
An FAA document (PDF) revealed on Monday is seeking public comment on drones, though the agency calls them "model aircraft." At present time, commercial operation of drones is considered illegal by the FAA but a federal judge said that FAA needed public input before unilaterally declaring such regulations.
FAA has since then promised it would relook at the commercial application of drones.
Still hope for a drone-led future
FAA is still making it tricky though for anyone using a drone without proper permission, explaining just what was disallowed currently to include "delivering of packages to people for a fee." Sounds a lot like Amazon's proposal for drones now, doesn't it?
Also found in a footnote: "If an individual offers free shipping in association with a purchase or other offer, FAA would construe the shipping to be in furtherance of a business purpose, and thus, the operation would not fall within the statutory requirement of recreation or hobby purpose."
Amazon has since declared that its drone directives were still not quite ready for prime time, likely the company is waiting for FAA to relax its drone requirements.
With even Facebook getting in on the drone game, it isn't surprising federal regulators are looking long and hard at the implications. In the meantime, postmen everywhere can hold on to their jobs a while longer.