Category Archives: aviation

FAA Tests Drone Detection Systems at DFW

Drones that enter the airspace around airports can pose serious safety threats, of course. The FAA is coordinating with government and industry partners to evaluate technologies that could be used to detect drones in and around airports.
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FAA Aviation Forecast: Continued Growth in Air Travel, Drones

Unfortunately, the growth in the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones, will more than triple in size from an estimated 1.1 million vehicles at the end of 2016 to more than 3.5 million units by 2021. Continue reading

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FAA Proposes Talking About Regulations for Drones

With an airspeed less than that of the Wright Flyer, the FAA has set up work groups to finally provide specific regulations covering UAS – unmanned aircraft systems – or drones in the national airspace it solely controls. Continue reading

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Drones – FAA Releases Updated Sighting Reports

After heavy criticism by Congress about ignoring the threat to public safety and the lack of oversight by the agency responsible for airspace, as well as missed deadlines to do its regulatory job, the so-called Registration Task Force delivered recommendations to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on November 2015. The thorniest details other than registration – the actual regulations -have yet to be worked out. Continue reading

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Drones – FAA UAS Symposium Registration Opens

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announced today that registration is underway for the 2017 UAS Symposium (drones) scheduled to take place at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA, from March 27 to 29. Continue reading

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Goodyear Wingfoot Two Arrives in California by Year End

The rubber company has flown its blimps for more than 90 years and has operated its base in Carson since 1968. Continue reading

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U.S. Helicopter Accidents Decrease

The overall accident rate at 3.19 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in 2016 compares with 3.67 accidents in 2015. The fatal accident rate declined slightly at 0.51 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in 2016 compared with a 0.52 in 2015.
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Santa Monica Airport – Home of the DC-3 – is Doomed

The agreement requires the city to maintain “continuous and stable operation of the airport” for 12 years, until December 31, 2028. However, after that the Santa Monica has the right to and will apparently close the airport – with $$$dollars$$$ in city officials eyes – redevelop it. Continue reading

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FAA Changes Pilot Medical Rules. Implications for Drivers?

The new regulation has further potentially broad implications for drivers since it dovetails with two other federal actions or desires. Continue reading

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FAA Evaluates Drone Detection Systems Around Denver

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), aka drones, that enter the protected airspace around airports can pose serious threats to safety. Continue reading

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Lithium Battery Fires – FAA Emergency Order to Braille

Despite FAA warnings, Braille Battery failed to ship lithium ion batteries in accordance with “appropriate regulations and continued to offer for air transport lithium ion batteries that were not properly tested, violating the HMR. Continue reading

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FAA Issues Guidance on Exploding Samsung Galaxy Devices

The move comes after a Consumer Product Safety Commission recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 because of explosions and fires. Continue reading

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FAA Hiring Air Traffic Controllers

The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that it will be accepting applications from entry-level candidates for air traffic controller positions. Continue reading

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FAA Fines Amazon $78K for Shipping Hazardous Materials

Amazon has a history of violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations. From February 2013 to September 2015, Amazon was found to have violated the Hazardous Materials Regulations 24 other times. Continue reading

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FAA Belatedly Issues Rules for Some Drones

The rule’s provisions, allegedly, are said “to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground.” Continue reading

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