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FAA gets tough on drones with mandatory UAV registration

FAA gets tough on drones with mandatory UAV registration

Drone pilots in the US have until February 19, 2016 to register their aircraft, with the FAA announcing mandatory licensing with fines or even prison time for those who refuse. The database, which opened its digital doors today, is the Federal Aviation Administration's response to the huge upswing in UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) ownership, with increasingly capable drones able to travel long distances, carry payloads, and potentially interfere with security forces or commercial aviation.

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Drone incident leaves toddler partially blind

Drone incident leaves toddler partially blind

A new tragic accident highlights an issue that some fear will become a trend: out-of-control drones injuring individuals who happen to be nearby. Oscar Webb was 16 month old when he fell victim to one such drone, which belonged to a family friend who lost control of the device after it clipped a tree. The drone ultimately struck Webb in the face, irreparably severing one of his eyes.

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We’re one step closer to mandatory drone pilot registration

We’re one step closer to mandatory drone pilot registration

Mandatory drone pilot registration is one step closer in the US, with the FAA mulling database proposals from a number of UAV makers, retailers, and more. The FAA Drone-Registration Task Force was established in October, with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturers like 3D Robotics, DJI, GoogleX, GoPro, Parrot, along with retailers looking to use drones for deliveries like Amazon Prime Air, Best Buy, and Walmart, joining forces to develop a framework for safer flying.

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Drone crashes into Seattle’s giant ferris wheel

Drone crashes into Seattle’s giant ferris wheel

If you’ve visited Seattle, you’re likely familiar with the giant ferris wheel situated on its waterfront. The wheel is beautiful to look at, and is a prime tourist attraction, giving visitors a sky-high look at one of the finer sides of the city. Fortunately, none of those tourists (or others) were injured when a drone crashed into the ferris wheel yesterday evening, the latest in a growing number of incidents involving drones used in improper places.

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FAA will soon require drones to be registered

FAA will soon require drones to be registered

Following rumors of such, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it will require most drones to be registered. If sources are correct, the registration system and requirement will be in place by the end of the year, just in time for all the drones bought over the holiday season to be properly tagged. This follows several instances of drones being operated in an unsafe manner, crashes, and dangerous behavior, including flying too closely to planes and helicopters.

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FAA to airlines: ban lithium batteries in checked bags

FAA to airlines: ban lithium batteries in checked bags

When it comes to recharging gadgets, sometimes your only option is spare pre-charged batteries. That’s all fine and well, only now the FAA doesn’t want you checking them into your checked baggage, citing concerns about security and safety. According to a new report, the FAA has advised airlines to ban lithium bags from checked luggage, something that will force passengers to put them in carry-ons instead.

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FAA suggests $1.9m fine against SkyPan over drone operations

FAA suggests $1.9m fine against SkyPan over drone operations

The Federal Aviation Administration has recommended that SkyPan International Inc. be hit with a $1.9 million civil penalty over its alleged drone-based violations of airspace regulations. Between March 2012 and December 2014, the company allegedly performed 65 UAS operations without permission, doing so in “some of our most congest airspace and heavily popular cities,” according to the FAA.

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FAA: keep drones out of the sky while Pope Francis is here

FAA: keep drones out of the sky while Pope Francis is here

The FAA has a tough situation on its hands. In one regards, it must step carefully to avoid over-regulating the use of hobby aircraft (“drones”). On the other hand, people have and do use drones irresponsibly, and it’s only a matter of time until someone becomes seriously injured as a result. As the Pope's visit to the US nears, the agency has issued a statement to make something extra clear: absolutely no drones are to be in the sky while he's here.

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FAA ‘B4UFLY’ drone safety app enters beta

FAA ‘B4UFLY’ drone safety app enters beta

The FAA doesn’t take improper drone usage lightly, and while it has gone after operators in violation of regulations, it is also working to educate the public on what it can and can’t do in an effort to prevent the issues from happening. Part of its efforts is the new B4UFLY mobile app, which is designed to give operators of, primarily, “model aircraft” a way to see any current flight regulations in their region, as well as ones that are planned. The beta will be tested by 1,000 UAV users.

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FAA issues approval for Gogo next-gen in-flight internet tech

FAA issues approval for Gogo next-gen in-flight internet tech

One of the pioneers of internet connectivity aboard commercial aircraft was Gogo. The company has been providing internet service for passengers on commercial aircraft for years now. The company is now all set to roll out its next generation of in-flight internet service called 2Ku. The FAA has issued the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) that is required before the gear needed for the service can be installed into aircraft.

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FAA details upswing in close calls between drones, airplanes

FAA details upswing in close calls between drones, airplanes

The FAA has announced the instances of close calls between drones and airplanes has increased drastically over recent months. According to the administration, pilots have reported in excess of 650 close calls with drones up through August 9, a big jump over last year’s 238 reports. Drone use near airports, airplanes, and helicopters is forbidden and extremely dangerous. That hasn’t stopped operators from carelessly flying near them, and the FAA has warned that it isn’t going easy in such cases — operators could face jail time for flying near planes.

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Amazon outlines nationwide drone exclusive airspace aspirations

Amazon outlines nationwide drone exclusive airspace aspirations

Many of us thought Amazon had gone crazy when it started to talk up its plans to deliver packages to Amazon Prime users via drones. Not too long after the first announcement of its drone aspirations, Amazon actually began preparing for drone deliveries. It eventually ran into problems with FAA regulations that put a damper on plans. However, in March of this year the FAA approved drone testing for Amazon clearing the way for more work.

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