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Texas Woman Injured in Oklahoma Skydiving Accident Awarded $760K

A Texas woman has been awarded $760,000 after she was badly injured in a skydiving accident in Oklahoma. Makenzie Wethington was 16 in January 2014 when her parachute malfunctioned and she fell more than 3,000 feet to the ground in …

Laptop Ban Spurs Fire Warning on Batteries in Jet Cargo Holds

The U.S. order prohibiting passengers from carrying laptop computers and other electronics into the cabins of some overseas flights is raising concerns about a risk unrelated to terror: the potential for those devices’ lithium-based batteries to catch fire in the …

Drone Maker Says They Should Transmit ID Info While Airborne

The world’s largest manufacturer of civilian drones is proposing that the craft continually transmit identification information to help government security agencies and law enforcement figure out which might belong to rogue operators. DJI, a Chinese company, said in a paper …

U.S. Drone Near Misses Surged 46% Last Year

Reports of drones violating safety standards in the U.S. continued to climb last year, rising by 46 percent over the same period a year earlier. There were 1,274 sightings of drones flying too close to other aircraft, people and buildings …

Chicago Drone Operator Fined $200,000 Over Illegal Flights

A drone photography company that was the subject of the highest-profile attempt by a U.S. regulator to enforce aviation law on unmanned aircraft has agreed to pay a $200,000 fine to settle a 2015 case. SkyPan International Inc., whose website …

Insurers Face Challenges as More Drones Take Flight

Developing a drone program in any size enterprise will involve investment and risk, according to Global Aerospace, which has insured small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), weighing under 55 pounds, since 2012. This is one of the key observations in a …

FAA Expects 600,000 Commercial Drones Operating in U.S. Within the Year

There will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the U.S. within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday, according to a Federal Aviation Administration estimate. The rules governing the …

Not Much Scrutiny Given to Commercial Hot Air Balloon Operators

Commercial hot air balloons like the one destroyed in a fireball in Texas this weekend often carry more passengers than airplane and helicopter tours, but have long received less government scrutiny, according to aviation experts. The Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight …

American’s Pilots Say It Flies On the Edge of Safety Rules

Efforts by American Airlines to keep flights on schedule during the summer travel season are on the verge of violating safety rules, according to the union for the carrier’s pilots. The world’s biggest airline has been increasing aircraft speeds, re-routing …

FAA Warned of Potential for More High-Fatality Hot Air Balloon Crashes

Warning about potential high-fatality accidents, safety investigators recommended two years ago that the Federal Aviation Administration impose greater oversight on commercial hot air balloon operators, government documents show. The FAA rejected those recommendations. A hot air balloon carrying at least …