FAA drone testing program takes off in 10 cities

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And customers in Virginia could be awaiting Alphabet Inc.'s flying devices to get goods they ordered.

"Data gathered from these pilot projects will form the basis of a new regulatory framework to safely integrate drones into our national airspace", Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement on Wednesday.

Reuters reported yesterday that the wide interest in the usa initiative, launched by President Donald Trump, underscores the desire of a broad range of companies to have a say in how the fledgling industry is regulated and ultimately win authority to operate drones for everything from package delivery to crop inspection.

"The enthusiastic response to our request for applications demonstrated the many innovative technological and operational solutions already on the horizon", the secretary added.

Grace Simrall, the city's chief of civic innovation, and Fischer's spokespersons did not immediately respond to an email from Insider Louisville asking if their drone proposal would be shelved for the time being due to not being one of the FAA awardees.

The drone testing program, launched by President Donald Trump past year, selected ten projects that it will offer waivers to for regulations that now ban the use of drones in certain situations in the US. Notably, Amazon.com Inc., a company that has both pushed for and worked on developing delivery drones, was not one of the recipients. Drones carrying defibrillators to heart attack victims have the potential to save many lives, Flirtey founder and CEO Matthew Sweeny said. Myers, Fla.; and the Memphis airport. They will also fly over runways and taxiways to make sure the areas are clear. Memphis International is the hub for operations by FedEx, which is a partner in the program.

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Their main priorities will include night operations, package delivery, flights over people and long distance flights beyond the pilot's line of sight. The data collected will help the USDOT and the FAA craft new regulations.

AirMap is working with Reno and the three transportation departments, along with San Diego and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Uber has announced plans to fly people on battery powered taxis, though the development and approvals are years away and there's no mention of attempting such operations under the current program. General Electric Co is also a partner, he said. "I do think it's a big step forward".

But Amazon, which wants to offer drone parcel deliveries, has not been chosen.

Launched last year, the new United States drone testing initiative puts the country on the map of countries with standardised drone regulation mechanisms, a sector where USA had been lagging for the past few years.

"The state of Kansas has a rich history in the aviation industry and will be a strong asset to this pilot program", said First District Congressman Roger Marshall (R-Kan.). The applicants listed companies they would partner with in the experiments, and the winners may have a head start at the billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs the young industry expects to create.

A total of149 bids were drawn from locales looking to host flights at night, flights over people and other drone operations that are now prohibited under United States regulations.

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