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Amazon’s Drone Delivery Hits Milestone with Federal Aviation Administration Clearance

As reported by Bloomberg, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designated Amazon Prime Air as an “air carrier,” the company said Monday. This will allow Amazon to begin its first commercial deliveries in the U.S. under a trial program, using the high-tech devices it unveiled for that purpose last year. Amazon joins Wing, the Alphabet Inc. subsidiary, and United Parcel Service as companies that have gotten FAA approval to operate under the federal regulations governing charter operators and small airlines. Wing, with partners Walgreens and FedEx Corp., has been conducting limited drone deliveries under a similar FAA approval in Virginia since last year. UPS flies medical supplies within a hospital campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. Other smaller companies and startups are also seeking expanded FAA approvals.

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