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Amazon Drone Delivery Idea Thwarted by New Federal Rules

Don’t hold your breath waiting for a drone to drop off that order from Amazon.com Inc. or that large pepperoni pie dinner from your favorite pizza joint. The U.S. government’s first attempt at widespread approval for the use of small …

Oklahoma Lawmakers Want Drone Use Regulated

Concerned about the growing presence of drones in the skies above Oklahoma, a couple of state lawmakers have filed legislation to rein in their use. But state officials trying to attract unmanned aerial vehicle designers and manufacturers say it is …

Recent Metro-North Derailments Raise New Concerns From Regulators

Two Metro-North derailments in New York have renewed concerns among federal regulators over the commuter railroad’s focus on safety. No one was injured after trains left the tracks at Grand Central Terminal and White Plains, New York, on Wednesday. The …

Federal Drone Regulations on the Horizon

The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year. Federal Aviation Administration officials …

Feds Issue 4 More Commercial Drone Permits

Under pressure from Congress to speed access to U.S. skies for commercial drones, the government granted four companies permission Wednesday to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections. The new permits bring the …

FAA Revamps Systems After Chicago Air Traffic Control Fire

The Federal Aviation Administration is revamping its systems following the September sabotage and fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center that disrupted travel nationwide. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said Monday the agency is working to reduce its response …

Government Reports Drone Sightings Are up Dramatically

The government is getting near-daily reports – and sometimes two or three a day – of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, federal and industry officials tell The Associated Press. It’s a sharp increase …

Chicago Air Traffic Center Reopens Fully Operational

A suburban Chicago air traffic center reopened early Monday, more than two weeks after damage from a deliberately set fire forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and disrupted travel nationwide, federal officials said. A full shift of air traffic …

FAA Grants Six Entertainment Companies Requests to use Drones

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) loosened restrictions on the commercial use of drones on Thursday, granting six television and movie production companies permission to use the small, remotely piloted aircraft to shoot scenes on closed sets. “Today’s announcement is …

Boeing 787 Owners May Have to Replace Parts Near Lithium Battery

The U.S. aviation safety regulator has proposed requiring operators of some Boeing Co 787 Dreamliners to replace parts near the plane’s lithium battery in an effort to improve the plane’s ability to fight an on-board fire. In a directive issued …