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Category Archives: aviation
The Beechcraft King Air turboprop was approaching runway 24 and had just completed the final approach fix when the crew noticed a drone – an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – at the extremity of the left wing. The aircraft hit the UAV at an altitude of 1500 feet and the crew declared an emergency. Continue reading
It is only inevitable that drones will continue to pose a threat to people who fly commercially. 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 according to the U.S. FAA. Continue reading
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.
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
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
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
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
The rubber company has flown its blimps for more than 90 years and has operated its base in Carson since 1968. Continue reading
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.
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
The new regulation has further potentially broad implications for drivers since it dovetails with two other federal actions or desires. Continue reading
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), aka drones, that enter the protected airspace around airports can pose serious threats to safety. Continue reading
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
The move comes after a Consumer Product Safety Commission recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 because of explosions and fires. Continue reading