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  • Rules For Drones

    Rules For Drones

    People are idiots and when you put high-powered flying lawnmowers machines into their hands, things can get ugly fast. This Christmas, more people than ever will get quadcopters and that means even more of them will think it’s a good idea to fly them on a field right next to their local (or international) airport or over a stadium full of people. Thanks to people like this and general… Read More

  • Flight Attendants Union Sues The FAA Over Use Of Electronics In Flight

    Flight Attendants Union Sues The FAA Over Use Of Electronics In Flight

    About a year ago, the FAA gloriously adjusted their guidance regarding the use of portable electronic devices during takeoff and landing. For the first time in years, travelers could boldly and proudly listen to music or play Two Dots or mindlessly click into social apps (forgetting there’s no service in the sky) without fear of reprimand from flight attendants. Turns out, the largest… Read More

  • President Obama Plans Action On Drone Privacy Regulation

    President Obama Plans Action On Drone Privacy Regulation

    As the FAA watches its drone regulation deadlines loom, President Obama intends to issue an executive order that will deal with drone privacy, something that the federal agency hasn’t delved too deeply into. According to Politico, the president plans to put together an executive order asking the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to come up with rules relating… Read More

  • FAA Bans The Use Of Drones To Deliver Packages

    FAA Bans The Use Of Drones To Deliver Packages

    The FAA made it plain this week that Amazon, or anyone else for that matter, won’t be able to deliver packages using a drone in the near future. In a document soliciting feedback regarding drone policy — a “Notice of Interpretation with Request for Comment ” — the FAA calls “delivering packages to people for a fee” a non-hobby or recreation-based… Read More

  • FAA Approves First Commercial Drone Flights Over Land

    FAA Approves First Commercial Drone Flights Over Land

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration today announced that it has given approval for the first commercial drone flights over land. Energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer AeroVironment will now be able to legally fly a drone for aerial surveys over BP’s Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s North Slope. Read More

  • The FAA To Test Drones In Nevada

    The FAA To Test Drones In Nevada

    The FAA is ready to test drones in Nevada, the agency has said. This marks the third operational drone-testing location that the FAA has kicked live. The Insitu ScanEagle drone will be used in this case. The testing at the Nevada site is important to the future of drones — or unmanned aircraft systems — in that it will examine how the aircraft will interact with air control. The… Read More

  • The FAA’s First Drone Test Site Is Live

    The FAA’s First Drone Test Site Is Live

    This morning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that its first drone testing site is operational. There will eventually be six such sites. The first is located in North Dakota. The agency is more than two months ahead of schedule. Tests on the Draganflyer X4ES drone will commence on May 5. Read More

  • FAA Appeals Commercial Drone Ruling, Cites Safety Concerns

    FAA Appeals Commercial Drone Ruling, Cites Safety Concerns

    Yesterday, a National Transportation Safety Board judge ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration could not fine anybody for using small, hobby-plane-sized commercial drones use because it hadn’t made any legally binding rules against them. That went against everything the FAA had ever claimed with regard to commercial drones. So in an unsurprising move, the FAA today appealed… Read More

  • Commercial Drones Are Now Legal, According To Federal Ruling

    Commercial Drones Are Now Legal, According To Federal Ruling

    As of right now it’s perfectly legal to operate a drone for commercial reasons. That’s according to a federal judge, in a ruling that notes the Federal Aviation Administration has not made any legally binding rules against the practice. This flies in the face of the FAA, which previously stated that drones used for commercial reasons were illegal. The ruling follows a lawsuit in… Read More

  • FAA Starts Working With Hobbyists To Draft Safety Guidelines For Model Aircraft And Drones

    FAA Starts Working With Hobbyists To Draft Safety Guidelines For Model Aircraft And Drones

    The FAA today announced that it is working with the Academy for Model Aeronautics¬†(AMA), the largest organization for model aircraft enthusiasts in the U.S., to create safety guidelines for model aircraft and drones. Many model aircraft hobbyists already belong to the AMA or at least know about its guidelines (don’t fly higher than 400 feet, don’t fly within three miles of an… Read More

  • Why Commercial Drones Won’t Deliver Tacos Anytime Soon

    Why Commercial Drones Won’t Deliver Tacos Anytime Soon

    Amazon scored one of the greatest tech PR coups in recent history when it got CBS to put its quadcopter-powered delivery service on air the day before Cyber Monday. Sadly, CBS pretty much ignored that this was a pretty unrealistic proposal for the time being, not in the least because commercial drone flights will remain illegal in the U.S. for the next few years. If journalists aren’t… Read More

  • FAA Selects 6 Sites For Civilian Drone Testing

    FAA Selects 6 Sites For Civilian Drone Testing

    There are already quite a few drones in use in U.S. airspace, but given that commercial drone usage remains off-limits, most of them are either operated by government agencies or for research purposes. Today, however, the FAA has taken another step in its congressionally mandated process of integrating drones into the U.S. air traffic system.¬†The FAA today announced six test sites in six… Read More

  • Delta And JetBlue Now Let You Use Your Gadgets During Taxi, Takeoff And Landing

    Delta And JetBlue Now Let You Use Your Gadgets During Taxi, Takeoff And Landing

    It’s been a long time since flying was fun (unless you are reading this on the upper deck of a 747, of course). This week, however, things got a bit more bearable thanks to the FAA’s decision that airlines can now allow their passengers to keep their gadgets on – in airplane mode – during taxi, takeoff and landing. The first two airlines to actually put this into… Read More

  • New FAA Guidelines Permit More Device Use, All The Way From Take-Off To Landing

    New FAA Guidelines Permit More Device Use, All The Way From Take-Off To Landing

    For years now, most of us have been quietly not turning off our phones and devices at landing and take off, and merely putting the screens to sleep and stuffing them in seat pockets instead. Now, we’ll be able to do that officially and more, according to the FAA. The American government organization overseeing air travel today announced that travelers won’t face regulations that… Read More

  • FAA Says It Will Be Months Before In-Flight Electronics Ban Is Lifted

    FAA Says It Will Be Months Before In-Flight Electronics Ban Is Lifted

    Just two days ago, it seemed that the Federal Aviation Administration was finally going to relax the rules that require passengers to stow away electronic devices during take-off and landing. Now it appears, however, that travelers will have to wait months before the new regulations go into effect. Read More

  • FAA Takes Further Steps To Abolish In-Flight Electronics Ban

    FAA Takes Further Steps To Abolish In-Flight Electronics Ban

    In a move that’s sure to make gadgeteers cheer and worry worts grumble, the Federal Aviation Administration (lovingly called the FAA) is reportedly making plans to relax some of the rules put on passengers regarding in-flight use of electronics. Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. It’s not the first time we’ve seen promise of our Kindles during take-off, but it… Read More

  • FAA Reviewing Use Of Gadgets In The Air, But Forget About In-Flight Cell Phone Calls

    FAA Reviewing Use Of Gadgets In The Air, But Forget About In-Flight Cell Phone Calls

    Don’t expect to make mid-flight phone calls from your smartphone anytime soon. While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is putting together a group to re-examine current testing procedures and policies airlines have in place for gadgets, they will not be considering airborne use of cell phones for voice communication. But that is a small price to pay for safety, especially… Read More

  • FAA sez no chatting on the plane anytime soon

    For many people, myself included, airplane time is quiet time. Time for a nap, time to listen to some music, time to tell whoever’s on the other end of your phone that you have to let them go because you’re getting on the plane. So it comes as a great relief that the FAA has decided against lifting its ban on in-flight cell phone use "for the ‘foreseeable… Read More