Amazon to FAA: We Might Just Take Our Delivery Drones Elsewhere

By Jamie Condliffe on at

In the technology world's equivalent of a teenage sulk, Amazon has told the US Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) that "without approval of our testing in the United States, we will be forced to continue expanding our Prime Air R&D footprint abroad".

It's now more than a year since Amazon announced its Prime Air delivery service. But things aren't moving fast enough, with the FAA dragging its heels over Bezos & Co's testing. So far, Amazon has yet to gain permission for outdoor trials in the US, which makes the idea of parachuting packages from the skies all but impossible.

Reuters points out that the FAA has agreed that six sites for commercial drone testing be opened, but Amazon's wasn't one of them. What's more, theĀ Wall Street Journal suggests, is that while there are fewer than 10 approved commercial-drone operators in the US, Europe has thousands.

Which does make shifting testing operations overseas all the more appealing for Amazon. I mean come on America...if you can't sort out getting deliveries flown to your door then I suppose we can step in if we must. [WSJ, Reuters]