Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery service is a long way from reality thanks to regulators, despite all the hoopla such as this video. And now the Patch newspapers say the area 30 miles around Washington’s Reagan National Airport might end up as a “No Drone Zone” for Amazon along with others. I’m in Alexandria, Virginia, well within the area.
While I live in an apartment building, there’s a nice patch of green near by where Jeff’s drones could land if the feds and state officials let them. I’m not exactly crestfallen but still was looking forward to the service if/when it happened. Isn’t this great? Close to Ground Zero for an H-bomb attack on D.C.—and no Prime Air drone service before I die. Think how much fuller a life I could have lived with e-readers and SIM cards and other odds and ends able to reach me in minutes rather than days.
The airspace around Washington, D.C. is more restricted than in any other part of the country, according to the FAA. Rules put in place after the 9/11 attacks establish “national defense airspace” over the area and limit aircraft operations to those with an FAA and Transportation Security Administration authorization. Violators face stiff fines and criminal penalties.DC isn’t the only area that is regulating its airspace. Pew Charitable Trusts notes in a report in September that several states have “no drone zones.
Related Pew item: Here.