Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) has officially requested permission from the Federal Aviation Administration for testing drones for delivering packages in the US. Discussing this development and possibilities regarding the FAA’s response to this request by Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN), Rebecca MacPherson, Jones Day of Counsel, said in a program on CNBC that there is a possibility that Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) gets permission in one way or the other, but there are a number of issues the company will have to deal with. She thinks that FAA will take its time on this issue because there are many complexities involved in this Drone plan of Amazon.
“I think they’ll probably be successful in one way or the other, I am not sure they are going to get an exemption request, but they may get an experimental certificate, that lets them do the exact same thing that they requested,” said MacPherson.
Experts agreed that there can be some serious issues with Amazon plan for commercialization of drones and delivering products because FAA only permits a special and limited weight of commercial spaced flying birds. MacPherson said that the Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) drones are much bigger than the approval limit set by FAA, which is 8 pounds.
“There is already a very robust delivery system in this country, there are issues they are gonna have to deal with the drones, ultimately, we don’t know what the FAA’s final regulations are gonna look like, and how expensive they are going to be,” said MacPherson
There will be synching problems during the flights as according to the law set by FAA, one cannot fly the legal civil bird near the airport areas. There are also some security issues and Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) will need to control the drones in a very sophisticated manner. There will be a need for complete and dedicated tracking and controlling mechanism of these commercial drones.