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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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Amazon Prime Air shot down by anti-drone FAA

Amazon Prime Air shot down by anti-drone FAA

The FAA has shut down Amazon's ambitions to deliver packages by drone, reiterating that it will take legal action if Prime Air or any other delivery scheme tries to operate in the guise of a hobby aircraft. Confusion around the status of drones had flourished earlier this year, when courts overturned a $10,000 fine handed out by the Federal Aviation Administration to a pilot, but the agency is aiming to make it crystal clear that its stance hasn't changed.

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U-2 spy plane shuts down air traffic control, flights grounded

U-2 spy plane shuts down air traffic control, flights grounded

A U-2 spy plane triggered a computer glitch in the air traffic control system for the entire southwestern portion of the United States, sending air traffic controllers back to the stone age of modern aviation. Air Traffic controllers were forced to use slips of paper and good old-fashioned telephone calls to find information about planes in the air during the blackout.

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First FAA licensed drone site preparing farmer UAS flights

First FAA licensed drone site preparing farmer UAS flights

Real-world tests to see how farmer drones can co-exist with planes and other flying objects have been given the green light to begin. The first drone test site in the FAA's trials of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has been granted its license, the agency said this week, with a team in North Dakota planning to begin flights in early May as it explores the potential in agriculture as well as how smoothly it can integrate with existing air traffic safety systems.

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