The Federal Aviation Administration maintains its stance against commercial drones.  In a proposed rule this week the FAA proposed its requirements for hobbyist and recreation drones that are exempt from FAA rules.Specifically, the FAA stated that the “[d]elivering of packages to people for a fee” remained a banned activity.  A footnote added, “If an individual offers free shipping in association with a purchase or other offer, FAA would construe the shipping to be in furtherance of a business purpose, and thus, the operation would not fall within the statutory requirement of recreation or hobby purpose.”  The FAA regulation specifically covers Amazon’s drones without naming Amazon itself.  The new regulation does little to change the status-quo, but it shows the FAA’s continued resistance to Amazon’s proposed drone program.  The attorneys in Husch Blackwell’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems group actively monitors developments in the UAS community in order to help you with your business.