He must do! How else could he have thought up the print your own landing pad concept.

Alan Boyle of Geekwire reports that the Amazon boss spoke of such things at the recent Museum of Flight Pathfinder awards.

“You just need a landing field. And if you have a landing field, you can mark it with a symbol which you can print out on your printer and put wherever you want the vehicle to land.”

Mine is already in position! Since March of this year, so bring on my delivery!

I was less than impressed, no better to say I was very disappointed with the Amazon presentation at Farnborough 2016. It was rubbish!

They didn’t bring any evidence of progress and would not answer any hard questions. Preferring instead to go with their vision of a world where general aviation would get out of their way. In some ways they are right but there many many other hurdles.

What interests me the most about this technology is that it lends itself to shed innovation. Rude to say it in some ways as some of those sheds, not mine, have very clever people in them.

The Outback Challenge entry from Canberra UAV, using Ardupilot can out perform the claimed performance specs in every way.

Just last week Tiaan watched another separate lift thrust (SLT) fly for six hours.

Of course CanberraUAV and shed innovators around the world don’t have the money and klout to speak to regulators to get the technology into service.

They can beat Amazon at the technology side of it.

By Gary Mortimer

Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.