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Amazon hires lobbyists for drone program

US: Amazon Prime Air has hired Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to work on “federal advocacy with regard to testing and operation of (unmanned aerial vehicles) in the US,” according to a new lobbying registration.

In an interview with “60 Minutes” in December, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that his company was working to make same-day drone delivery a reality for consumers in the near future. Amazon hopes to be able to deliver products to consumers within 30 minutes of an order using a small UAV.

But there are barriers to the operation of commercial drones in the United States — including a lack of regulatory guidance from the country’s aviation authorities. The Federal Aviation Administration has yet to come forward with a formal set of rules for commercial drones, although it’s expected to propose a final rule by November.

Congress has directed that the FAA that allow commercial drone use by September 2015.

Source: SUAV News