FAA grounds local flower drone-delivery service

FAA grounds local flower drone-delivery service

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COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) -

A local floral shop was testing a drone delivery service when the FAA alerted them to ground their drones.

Wesley Barry owns Flower Delivery Express, which is based in the Wesley Barry Flower Shop in Commerce Township. The FAA saw a video explaining how the deliver service worked and contacted the business.

"We did get call today from the FAA and we talked to them, and we really have to fully digest what they said. And, to be honest with you, I'm a little unclear of what they said," Barry tells FOX 2's Taryn Asher.

Also see: Amazon.com considering drone aircraft for deliveries

Barry was told drones cannot be used for commercial purposes. Barry says he doesn't understand why or how it's illegal if it's only a test right now, but says he will work with the FAA to reach an agreement.

BELOW IS THE FULL STATEMENT FROM THE FAA SENT TO FOX 2:

"Commercial operations are only authorized on a case-by-case basis. A commercial flight requires a certified aircraft, a licensed pilot and operating approval.   To date, only one operation has met these criteria, using Insitu's ScanEagle, and authorization was limited to the Arctic.   

Anyone who wants to fly an aircraft -- manned or unmanned -- in U.S. airspace needs some level of authorization from the FAA. Private sector (civil) users can get an experimental airworthiness certificate to do research and development, training and flight demonstrations.

Public entities (federal, state and local governments, and public universities) may apply for a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), which, when approved provides authorization for UAS operations in the NAS.

Flying model aircraft solely for hobby or recreational reasons does not require FAA approval, but hobbyists must operate according to the agency's model aircraft guidance.

In a November 2007 Federal Register Notice, the FAA recognized that people and companies other than modelers might be flying UAS with the mistaken understanding they are legally operating under authority of the model aircraft guidance, but we stressed that the guidance only applies to modelers, and thus specifically excludes its use by persons or companies for business purposes."

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