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FAA gives four more companies drone approval

FAA gives four more companies drone approval

The FAA has granted four more companies approval to use drones for commercial purposes, adding to the permission it previously granted to seven Hollywood companies seeking to use drones on movie sets. According to a statement made by the administration on Wednesday, a total of five exemptions were granted, with one company receiving two of them and the other three each receiving one. This makes for a total of 11 companies that have received exemptions.

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FAA releases report showing uptick in drone incidents

FAA releases report showing uptick in drone incidents

We've previously heard about incidents where drones have gotten too close to aircraft, but the number of incidents is considerably higher than anticipated, according to data from the FAA. Since the first of June, there have been 25 reported incidents where small drones came within a few feet or few seconds of crashing into aircraft, most of which happened during landings and takeoffs. This comes at a time when the FAA is looking to severely restrict commercial drone usage through various regulations.

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FAA tipped to require pilot license for commercial drone use

FAA tipped to require pilot license for commercial drone use

The issue of commercial drone usage is (slowly) nearing an end, and that end could come in the form of fairly severe restrictions. The Wall Street Journal has reported that the Federal Aviation Administration will soon propose regulations on commercial drone usage -- including for small and ultra-light drones -- by the end of the year, and among the regulations will be a requirement that operators have a license and undergo pilot certification training, which likely includes learning to pilot manned aircraft.

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NTSB rules all drones can be grounded by FAA

NTSB rules all drones can be grounded by FAA

If you’ve got a drone, the FAA might soon be able to ground you. According the the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Aviation Administration’s existing rules governing “aircraft” can apply to drones and remote controlled aircraft. In deciding the case, the NTSB’s board said the current FAA definitions “draw no distinction between whether a device is manned or unmanned”. The board also said “we acknowledge the definitions are as broad as they are clear, but they are clear nonetheless.”

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FAA issues threat: fly drones near stadiums and risk a year in jail

FAA issues threat: fly drones near stadiums and risk a year in jail

The FAA has been battling various types of drone use both in and out of court, and though it has threatened large fines for certain violations, it has largely avoided tossing around criminal penalties against pilots who violate regulations. That changed in a big way recently, with the Federal Aviation Administration threatening drone operators with up to a year in jail if they fly near any big sports stadiums or racetracks. The ban against flying UAVs near or in stadiums is not new, and is due to safety considerations.

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Drone nearly hits plane, may have been on purpose

Drone nearly hits plane, may have been on purpose

Over the weekend, it was revealed that a drone had a near collision with an passenger aircraft in the UK. A 74-seat ATR 72 was flying over county Essex in route to London Southend Airport when it had the near collision with a quad-copter drone, which was flying at roughly 1,500 feet and came uncomfortably close to the right wing of the craft. According to the report, this was no accident, either.Whoever flew the drone seems to have been aiming for the plane.

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Flight attendants take FAA to court to reinstate ban on electronics use

Flight attendants take FAA to court to reinstate ban on electronics use

Remember how pleased frequent travelers were late last year when the Federal Aviation Administration finally started allowing airline passengers to use their personal electronic devices during takeoff and landing? Well, it turns out there's one group of people who aren't very happy with the change, and are now trying to get the ban on smartphones and tablets put back in place. Flight attendants have taken the FAA to the U.S. Court of Appeals with their main concern being the issue of safety.

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FAA bans use of drones near New Mexico hot air balloon event

FAA bans use of drones near New Mexico hot air balloon event

The use of drones, by the military and law enforcement, as well as by the public, has quickly become an important topic of discussion in the news today. When it comes to private use, two of the most common concerns are safety and privacy, and the Federal Aviation Administration has just made a decision in support of the former in choosing to ban the use of all drones at this year's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

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FAA, Boeing squabble over cockpit screens and WiFi

FAA, Boeing squabble over cockpit screens and WiFi

When you fly, the flight attendants always tell you to put your digital self into airplane mode. Some of those flights offer WiFi, with a smaller percentage offering gate-to-gate connectivity, even during takeoff or landing. Now the FAA is ordering planes with components that could suffer from WiFi signals have them replaced.

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