Amazon says months!?!

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  1. Jeff Oslick

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    Airport require an EIS to build, or substantial modify. Low altitude drones have more of a potential impact on wildlife than airliners.
     
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    If a 79 dB drone whisks overhead at 20 mph at 100 AGL, it's far different and less annoying than the neighbor next door using a weed whacker or mower for an hour. I'm sure you'll manage.
     
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    Just the decibels is not what bothers people. It is the unfamiliarity of the noise, how sustained it is and their own preconceived notion about the noise. My neighborhood has been complaining about airport noise even though lawn mowers, barking dogs and muscle cars create far more noise. My prediction is that consumers will stop being bothered by drone noise once they start getting their speedy deliveries.
     
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    It's 0.4 miles as the drone flies from my fixer-upper house to Lowe's! I usually drive, but if they can drop ten bags of mulch with a drone, I'd pay just to see it.
     
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    I'll be interested in seeing how the Amazon Web site describes the limits of and requirements for drone delivery once they start the service.
     
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    One thing I'm wondering is whether Amazon's drones will be autonomous, as opposed to remotely piloted. The article in the OP's link makes it sound like the former, which seems like a tall order, especially in an urban environment.
     
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    What are the current limits given technology?? Range? Weight? Weather considerations??
     
  9. MauleSkinner

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    What FAR part are they operating under? Part 107 doesn’t allow for autonomous operations, or even beyond line-of-sight of somebody associated with the operator.
     
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    I hope they navigate with GPS - I'll be the most successful (porch) pirate in history! A car battery, some software, and a few other parts, and I'll have a massive supply of shoe strings, high-end coffee, gummy bears, tasteful kitchen utensils, wet wipes, and fidget spinners. . .

    Once I'm fully stocked, I'll have 'em flying procedure turns, then holding, until the batterys die.
     
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    My guess is they'll roll out first in Europe while they work out the details with the FAA.
     
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    Part 333 Exemption. It's also possible to fly autonomously under Part 107 - you just have to have a remote PIC monitoring the flight (I do orthographic inspections where the drone flies itself, I just stand there sipping coffee ready to take control). You can get a waiver specifically for beyond visual line of sight under Part 107 as well.
     
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    I disagree about poor planning in this case. In procrastinating, you caused the work you were attempting to accomplish to be deemed urgent. You wasted precious life moments and put yourself under a shortened deadline. Your failure to plan for a work area and a separate break room for consumption of victuals allowed you to place a liquid near in incompatible solid. Furthermore, your insistence on stocking the work are with said liquid was clumsily executed both by the spill, and by a lack of prior planning to contain the beverage in a spill-proof travel cup. Hope this process improvement analysis helps get your bushes elevated to the next level, where “Bring your dog to work day” can present additional challenges couples with insurmountable joy. :)
     
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    I resemble that remark. :)
     
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    I’ll be waiting for when I can get my lunch delivered to the office by drone!
     
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    Have you ever ordered a pizza delivered? Even if you answer "no" (which would shock me...who hasn't ever ordered a pizza at some point in their life?), can you at least understand why some people who are different from you might find that service attractive? Once you grant that, is it really so hard to imagine that some folks would be interested in the ability to order something other than a pizza and having it delivered quickly?
     
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    And the weight of the cancer warning stickers will cut significantly into payload capability.
     
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