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The FAA Plays Favorites in Its War on Drones

•, Scott McClallen

mazon Prime Air on December 7, 2016, delivered a package in 13 minutes from the purchase.

But this was in the U.K., where Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos moved his autonomous drone delivery research after the Federal Aviation Administration's 624-page rulebook crushed the United State's drone industry in 2016.

Fewer Restrictions Overseas

Congress mandated in 2012 the FAA Modernization and Reform Act regulating the $80-billion drone industry to integrate commercial drones into public airspace by Sept. 2015 and the public drones by January 1, 2015.

The FAA missed both deadlines, citing safety standards while denying Amazon's testing privileges, whose self-regulation standards were higher than the FAA's. Bezos moved research overseas where thousands of drones are already registered under the progressive Civil Aviation Authority, Britain's version of the FAA.

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