All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘FAA’

Google, Amazon Join Not-As-Cool-As-It-Sounds Drone Task Force

Google, Amazon Join Not-As-Cool-As-It-Sounds Drone Task Force

The Federal Aviation Administration is getting proactive on drones, as the popularity of the unmanned aircraft systems (both personal and commercial) is only going to increase. The FAA and the Department of Transportation have announced a UAS Task Force and filled it with companies and organizations with stakes in the business of drones. The goal of the Task Force appears …

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NFL Drones Approved, But There’s a Catch

NFL Drones Approved, But There’s a Catch

NFL Films, the media-production arm of the National Football League, has just been awarded the right to fly drones in NFL stadiums. The NFL is the first major American sport league to receive such permission. So, you can expect a bunch of cool aerial shots in all upcoming NFL Films productions, right? Well, yeah – but there’s a catch. The …

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Teen’s Homemade Gun-Equipped ‘Drone’ Sparks FAA Investigation

A short YouTube video of a quadcopter has prompted an investigation from the Federal Aviation Administration. This 14-second clip is simply titled “Flying Gun” and shows a handgun mounted on a quadcopter hovering above a wooded area. The gun fires a few shots and the video ends. “Homemade multirotor with a semiautomatic handgun mounted on it. Note: The length from …

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Amazon Drones Get FAA Go-ahead for Testing, but Don’t Get Too Excited

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted Amazon an “experimental airworthiness certificate” that allows the company to begin research and training on its fleet of delivery drones, what the company calls Amazon Prime Air. Unfortunately for Amazon, the certificate comes with some of the same restrictions the FAA proposed in its comprehensive drone regulations back in February. “The Federal Aviation Administration …

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Harrison Ford: Plane He Was Piloting Crashes

Harrison Ford, known for roles in films like Indiana Jones, was piloting a WW2 vintage plane on Thursday that crashed onto a golf course in L.A. He survived the crash and is reportedly in stable condition. According to a report from People magazine, Ford, who is 72, was the only person on board the plane. “Harrison was flying a WW2 …

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FAA Drone Rules Open Door for Commercial Use, but Still Too Restrictive for Amazon

The Federal Aviation Administration has finally released its long-awaited proposal for new regulations on commercial drones. The proposed rules are not as restrictive as some feared, but they do limit drone flight enough to render something like Amazon’s Prime Air delivery scheme virtually impossible. Up until now, it’s been illegal to fly drones for commercial purposes without a special exemption …

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FAA Declares the Super Bowl a ‘No Drone Zone’ in Odd PSA

The Federal Aviation Administration would like you to please refrain from flying your unmanned aircraft over the Super Bowl. “Many familiar sounds are associated with the Super Bowl: Cheering fans. Referee whistles. The spectacular halftime show. Booming fireworks. But one sound you shouldn’t hear is the whirring of an unmanned aircraft overhead. The Super Bowl is strictly a ‘No Drone …

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FAA’s New Drone Rules Could Be Bad for Business

The Federal Aviation Administration is poised to propose new rules for commercial drones by year’s end, and if they look anything like what the Wall Street Journal is reporting – it’s going to be a rough day for businesses and drone enthusiasts. According to the report, the FAA is planning some rather restrictive new rules for commercial drones under 55 …

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FAA Approves Drone Use for Movie, TV Production Companies

As expected, the FAA has officially granted six aerial photo and video production companies exemptions to fly drones for the purposes of movie and TV filming. US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who announced the decision, said that it was “a significant milestone in broadening commercial UAS use while ensuring we maintain our world-class safety record in all forms of flight. …

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Drones: Movies, TV Set to Receive Filming Approval from FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration is poised to approve exemptions for seven aerial photo and video production companies, allowing them to lawfully operate their unmanned aircraft systems for the purposes of filming movies and television shows. Both Bloomberg and Reuters quote sources familiar with the matter who say the FAA will let these seven production companies fly their small drones on …

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Amazon Asks FAA for Drone Exemption

Amazon is making strides in the development of Amazon Prime Air, the company’s oft-parodied but completely serious drone delivery service. Their newest delivery drones (currently ninth-gen) can travel over 50 mph and can carry five-pound packages – which covers 86 percent of all products sold on Amazon. They’ve been able to make these advancements through research, development, and testing indoors …

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Justin Bieber Lucks Out With FAA

Justin Bieber has been dealt a ‘get out of jail free’ pass–at least by the FAA. The Federal Aviation Administration has closed its investigation into what happened on the private jet the As Long As You Love me singer and his entourage were traveling on and were briefly detained on back in January. Bieber and his friends flew into Teterboro …

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First FAA-Approved Commercial Drone Flight Over Land Will Survey BP Pipelines in Alaska

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued the first-ever waiver for an over-land drone flight, and it went to BP and UAS manufacturer AeroVironment. The first drone to perform routine commercial services over land will be AeroVironment’s Puma AE – a hand-launched UAS that measures about four-and-a-half feet long with a wingspan of nine feet. BP will use the drones to …

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Filmmakers Ask FAA to Let Them Make Movies with Drones

The Motion Picture Association of America has facilitated the requests of seven different “aerial photo and video production companies” to be granted exemptions from the Federal Aviation Administration so that they can finally lawfully operate their unmanned aircraft systems. In other words, the FAA may allow filmmakers to shoot movies with drones. The film and television industry has been pushing …

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Alaska Near Miss: NTSB Investigates

An Alaska Airlines passenger jet had a “near miss” with a smaller cargo aircraft above Anchorage’s Fire Island. The passenger plane from Portland, Oregon, which was carrying 143 passengers, was scheduled to land at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Runway 15, when the pilot was told by air controllers to do a “go-around” in order to avoid an Ace …

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New Mexico Helicopter Crash Injures Pilot

The pilot of a medivac helicopter was injured after crash landing on the roof of University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque Wednesday at around 6 p.m. Two other medical personnel were on board, but were unhurt. The pilot’s injuries are said to be not life-threatening. The air ambulance was transporting a patient from from Rio Rancho, NM at the …

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Same-Day Flowers by Drone? Not on the FAA’s Watch

The Federal Aviation Administration has put the kibosh on one Commerce Township-based flower delivery company’s plans to deliver bouquets by flying drone. FlowerDeliveryExpress.com CEO Wesley Berry says that the FAA recently told them to shut down their new drone delivery pilot program, which is still in beta. “Unfortunately, we can no longer conduct testing of delivering flowers by drone,” said …

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Bill That Would Ban In-Flight Calls Approved By House Committee

The FAA made a lot of fliers happier last year when it relaxed its ban on using electronic devices during take-off and landing. The ban on in-flight calls was still in effect though, but it looked like the FCC was going to strike that one down too. Well, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee doesn’t really like that idea. The …

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Beer Drones: White House is Petitioned to Overturn FAA’s Decision

Forget about the petition to deport Justin Bieber–a petition has been started on the White House’s We the People website to force the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow beer drones. Finally, an important petition. In case you haven’t heard, Lakemaid Beer–an enterprising brewery in Stevens Point, Wisconsin–had the brilliant idea to use beer drones to deliver cases of beer …

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Buzzkill: Beer Delivery Drones Grounded by FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration has gone full buzzkill mode and stopped a small Wisconsin brewery from delivering beer by drone. Lakemaid Beer recently thought up a truly badass way to deliver their new Frosty Winger Lager to ice fisherman – small drones. That’s right – Lakemaid started flying 12 packs to local anglers. But what seemed an efficient, worthy, and …

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FAA Picks Six Sites For Drone Testing

Back in early December, Amazon unveiled its vision for the future of package delivery. Within the next decade the company hopes to have a full fleet of unmanned drones that can deliver packages in a fraction of the time it takes traditional delivery trucks to drop off packages. Amazon did admit that its drone program is years away from implementation, …

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FCC May Greenlight Mid-Flight Cell Calls

Could you soon be permitted to call your loved ones while flying the friendly skies? According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Communications Commission is set to suggest new rules that would allow passengers to use their cellphones at cruising altitude. From The Wall Street Journal: The Federal Communications Commission will propose allowing passengers to use …

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Amazon Says Thanks to the FAA with Kindle Sale

In company-promotions-that-actually-feel-rather-joyous news, Amazon is celebrating the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to jump into the 20th century by offering a pretty significant discount on a few Kindle devices. Last week, the FAA made the friendly skies a whole lot friendlier by finally lightening up their regulations on the use of personal electronic devices on all stages of flights. Starting soon, …

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The Skies Get Friendlier As FAA Relaxes Rules on PEDs

As expected (in fact, a bit earlier than expected), the days of airplane passengers being forced to power down all of their portable electronic devices during takeoff and landing are officially behind us. Well, maybe not immediately – but by the end of this year you can expect to hear nothing but silence when a flight attendant spots you in …

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FAA Ready to Lighten Up on Electronics

By next year, you shouldn’t have to power down all of your electronics when you board an airplane in the United States. As expected, the FAA is close to adopting new, relaxed rules for portable electronic devices on commercial flights. As of now, all electronic devices (including ereaders, tablets, and phones) must be powered down prior to takeoff and on …

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UPS Plane Crashes On Approach in Alabama

A United Postal Service cargo plane crashed early this morning in Birmingham, Alabama. It then exploded, split into parts, and now two people are dead. Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said officials are still gathering details. “The accident occurred about 6 a.m., as U.P.S. Flight 1354, which was en route from Louisville, Ky., made its …

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Drone Over Brooklyn Almost Hits Commercial Airliner

Are unmanned drones now flying over brooklyn? That’s the story of at least one commercial airliner crew. CNN reports that the crew of Alitalia Flight 608 reported seeing a drone over Brooklyn on Monday. The unmanned drone came within 200 feet of the commercial jet, and a collision could have caused a major disaster. The FAA and FBI are now …

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Apple iPad to be Used by American Airlines Pilots

American Airlines this week became the first airline to receive approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use Apple iPads “during all phases of flight.” The tablets will be used as an “Electronic Flight Bag” and will be replacing the thick stack of reference manuals that pilots carry in their carry-on kitbag. American estimates that removing the 35-pound …

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FAA Taps Microsoft Office 365 to Jump Into the Cloud

The Federal Aviation Administration is following in the footsteps of its fellow government agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the states of California and Nebraska, and the cities of New York and San Francisco by choosing Microsoft’s Office 365 to provide it with cloud-based email and other office tools. The FAA will be transferring a total of 80,000 employees …

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FAA Reprimands Guy Who Filmed Bird Strike With iPad

A couple of weeks ago, a Delta flight bound for Los Angeles had to make an emergency landing at JFK airport just moments after takeoff. The plane quickly lost its right engine after striking a flock of birds. The incident was big news, bolstered by the unlikely fact that Vice President Joe Biden’s plane also hit a flock of birds …

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