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FAA will restrict drone flights near nuclear energy sites next week

FAA will restrict drone flights near nuclear energy sites next week

The FAA is about to restrict the areas in which you can fly your drones. Starting next week, it will be illegal to fly your drones anywhere near one of seven nuclear energy sites, a ban established in the interest of national security. This is the first time the FAA has issued a drone ban at the request of the Energy Department, which asked the FAA to use its authority to create the restricted airspace.

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FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

It's no secret that lithium-ion batteries can be dangerous if they overheat, and now the FAA is warning that they pose a serious risk for airplanes if checked into baggage. Aircraft cargo sections are equipped with a system designed to put out any fires that start. However, a series of 10 tests conducted by the FAA determined that if a fire happens next to an aerosol can, it could ignite an explosion that happens before the system puts out the fire.

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DJI challenges FAA’s low-risk drone maximum weight limit

DJI challenges FAA’s low-risk drone maximum weight limit

Drone company DJI has challenged the Federal Aviation Administration’s maximum weight limit for so-called “low risk drones,” saying it is too low. As it stands, the FAA says that low-risk drones must have a maximum weight of 250 grams. That’s at odds with a new white paper published by DJI claiming that, per its own research, low-risk drones can have a max weight limit as high as 2.2kg (4.9lbs).

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FAA: reported drone collisions with aircraft are all unverified

FAA: reported drone collisions with aircraft are all unverified

The Federal Aviation Administration has released its latest report detailing the number of claims it has received about drone sightings near aircraft and alleged consumer drone collisions with aircraft. Though it has received ‘several’ pilot reports of drones colliding with airplanes, the Administration says that none of the reports have been proven true following an investigation, with causes instead including things like impacts with birds or malfunctions.

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Samsung clarifies Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, FAA issues warning

Samsung clarifies Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, FAA issues warning

Over at its UK website, Samsung has attempted to put fears to rest regarding its “explosive” Galaxy Note 7 phablet. Practically just repeating what we’ve heard so far, and ambiguously denying others, one new detail surfaces regarding the cause of the so far 35 reported incidents involving spontaneously combusting batteries. That said, the rather terse explanations won’t exactly stop the fallout from the battery problem, especially as flight authorities and airlines start banning, or at least warning against, the smartphone.

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Galaxy Note 7 could earn FAA’s ban hammer on planes

Galaxy Note 7 could earn FAA’s ban hammer on planes

If you own a Galaxy Note 7 and haven’t decided whether to turn it in or not, your next flight might help decide for you. Although nothing has been decided yet, the FAA is reportedly mulling over the possibility of disallowing the embattled smartphone, and their owners if they insist, to embark on planes in the US. That said, a ban will immediately take effect, no questions asked, if Samsung does make an official recall, which is probably why the manufacturer isn’t so keen on doing so just yet.

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FAA propses more fines against Amazon over alleged shipment violations

FAA propses more fines against Amazon over alleged shipment violations

On the heels of a recent proposed $350,000 fine against Amazon over the alleged improper shipment of hazardous materials comes another two notices from the FAA: a proposed fine of $78,000 and a proposed fine of $52,000, both likewise over the claimed violations of hazardous materials shipment regulations. The shipping instances took place in 2014, and are said to have involved a total of three cardboard boxes.

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Amazon may be fined $350k for improperly shipping ‘liquid fire’

Amazon may be fined $350k for improperly shipping ‘liquid fire’

Amazon could be hit with a $350,000 fine from the FAA for allegedly shipping a package that contained the corrosive drain cleaner “Amazing! LIQUID FIRE.” The package is said to have been shipped in violation of regulations against hazardous materials, and it reportedly resulted in multiple UPS workers sustaining minor injuries; they had to be treated with a chemical wash after touching the leaking package, which caused a burning sensation.

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Navy testing (for a secret project) may cause GPS outages out west

Navy testing (for a secret project) may cause GPS outages out west

The military is up to something and it may cause GPS disruptions in the American west, according to a notice from the Federal Aviation Administration. It's not clear what exactly is going on, but the FAA's advisory specifies the epicenter of the possible disruptions being China Lake, California, which is home to the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Weapons Station. The disruptions start today and will run throughout the remainder of the month.

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Intel Drone 100 hits Palm Springs for the nations’ first aerial experience

Intel Drone 100 hits Palm Springs for the nations’ first aerial experience

Intel teamed up with a group called Ars Electronica FutureLab to create something called the Drone 100 in Germany back in January of this year. The massive display set a Guinness World Record for the most unmanned vehicles in the air at one time. The entire mass of 100 drones were synchronized to create patters with light in the sky.

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Shooting a drone is a federal offense, FAA confirms

Shooting a drone is a federal offense, FAA confirms

When a new piece of technology comes out and radically changes the market, there will always be people who are afraid of it. With the case of drones, this has lead to people having serious concerns about privacy. And in some cases, people have resorted to shooting down the flying gadgets to prove their point.

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Committee recommendations pave way for drone deliveries

Committee recommendations pave way for drone deliveries

The FAA has been working for months to iron out drone regulations, being forced to toe the line between public safety and the needs of innovation. Drones hold a lot of promise in many fields, but current restrictions mean many companies aren’t able to use them — forcing some like Amazon to head to other countries for testing. According to a new report, that could change soon, as the government is said to be working on changes that could allow commercial drone flights over populated regions.

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