The Federal Aviation Administration has signed off on two approvals for key commercial unmanned aircraft projects.
On June 5, the agency granted a "special airworthy certificate" to Amazon for its Prime Air drone-based package delivery service, an FAA spokesperson said in a statement emailed to FCW. The certificate allows Amazon to "operate its MK27 unmanned aircraft for research and development and crew training in authorized flight areas," it said.
In a separate development, the FAA announced on June 4 that it had issued its first waiver to Colorado-based Hensel Phelps Construction Company to allow a Chinese-made DJI Phantom 4 drone equipped with a safety parachute to operate over people at its job sites. The drone is equipped with automatic engine shut off and a parachute recovery system. The waiver could be a template for the wider use in the commercial unmanned aircraft systems market, it said.
According to a statement by the parachute systems' maker ParaZero on the FAA's action, the commercial drone market ''has been limited by the agency's Part 107 rules that prohibit commercial unmanned aircraft from flying over people for safety reasons.
ParaZero Drone Safety Systems