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Drone-Mounted Flame Thrower Case Could Test FAA Authority

The father and son who posted videos of drones firing a handgun and incinerating a Thanksgiving turkey with a flame-thrower can be questioned by aviation regulators, a U.S. judge ruled in a closely watched case that may determine the government’s …

FAA Wants Details in Gun-Firing, Flame-Throwing Drones

A Connecticut father and son are headed for a court showdown with the Federal Aviation Administration over whether the agency can force them to disclose information about drones shown in two YouTube videos firing a gun and deploying a flame …

Commentary: FAA’s New Rules Let Safe, Smart Drones Fly Free

It took four years, several false starts and 624 detailed pages, but the Federal Aviation Administration has finally come up with new regulations governing commercial drones. Quite unexpectedly, they’re flexible, farsighted – and potentially groundbreaking. Until now, U.S. companies wanting …

FAA Rules for Routine Commercial Drone Flights Expected Soon

The Obama administration is on the verge of approving routine commercial use of small drones, after years of struggling to write rules that would both protect public safety and free the benefits of a new technology. The Federal Aviation Administration …

Panel Creates Voluntary Privacy Guidelines for Drone Operators

A panel of privacy experts and technology companies organized by the Obama administration has issued guidelines for using drones without being overly intrusive. The suggestions are voluntary, but some business interests involved in the debate hope the guidelines head off …

Auto Safety Agency Looks to Aviation Industry to Reduce Road Deaths

The U.S. government is bringing together top airline and auto company executives to discuss aviation industry practices such as safety data sharing that automakers could adapt to help reduce car accidents, a leading cause of death in America. The U.S. …

Drones Considered Big Threat to Airline Safety

You’re landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on the “expressway” approach—it’s called that because you come in low enough to buzz the Grand Central Parkway and Mets’ Citi Field before dropping down quickly on a runway that perches over the …

FAA: Drone Close Calls, Sightings by Airliners Up Fivefold

Reports of errant drones flouting U.S. regulations including flying too close to passenger airliners and other aircraft surged late last year to an average of four incidents per day, according to Federal Aviation Administration data. The 1,200 incident reports in …

Stricter Rules Proposed for Drone Users in Senate Bill

All U.S. drone operators would for the first time have to prove they understand aviation regulations under broad legislation introduced Wednesday in the Senate. A bill setting policy for the Federal Aviation Administration includes several new drone provisions, including a …

FAA Willing to Consider Private Air Traffic Control System

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing a House Republican plan to spin off the nation’s air- traffic control system to a nonprofit corporation and hasn’t rejected the idea. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, speaking Tuesday at the Singapore Airshow, said …