Amazon Is Recruiting A Drone Test Pilot

By Chris Mills on at

When Amazon announced its Prime Air delivery service right before last year's Black Friday, everyone kind of wrote it off as a well-timed publicity stunt. But it would appear that Jeff Bezos and friends are moving ahead to some extent with the idea, and it's now looking for a test pilot to rush you that Taylor Swift CD in post-haste.

If you're an experienced quadcopter hobbyist, though, you might be out of luck: Amazon's looking specifically for someone with five years' flight test experience (military or civil) and an engineering degree. There's one position up for grabs in historic Cambridge, and one in Amazon's Seattle HQ. There's also a job up for grabs as a flight safety manager — anyone who's got an idea for stopping irate rednecks playing target practice with flying PS4s could probably apply for that one.

Either way, the technical hurdles probably aren't the biggest problems facing Amazon. Trying to create the infrastructure to support a nationwide, let alone international, drone delivery service is undoubtedly a more major problem right now. [Amazon via The Verge]