Amazon gains FAA operations approval, becomes latest member of GUTMA

Amazon is the latest company to join the Global Unmanned Air Traffic Management (UTM) Association (GUTMA). The company has just been granted a Part 135 air carrier certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), enabling its delivery arm Prime Air to move to the next stage of testing.

“This indicates the FAA’s confidence in Amazon’s operating and safety procedures for an autonomous drone delivery service that will one day deliver packages to our customers around the world,” David Carbon, VP of Prime Air, said in a statement.

“We will continue to develop and refine our technology to fully integrate delivery drones into the airspace and work closely with the FAA and other regulators around the world to realize our vision of 30 minute delivery.”

Other major delivery companies to be issued Part 135 air carrier certificates by the FAA include UPS and Google in 2019.

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