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Recreational Drone Registry Upended by Federal Appeals Decision

John Taylor didn’t like the idea of being forced by the Federal Aviation Administration to register his drones. The requirement was “authoritarian,” the Maryland attorney said, and wouldn’t deter reckless fliers. So the aviation law novice – he works in …

Airlines Told to Remove Seats From Small Planes, Could Cause Neck Injuries

Federal safety regulators are telling airlines to remove a certain type of seat from their planes, saying the seat could cause neck injuries during otherwise survivable crash landings. The order covers 10,482 seats used mostly on mostly smaller regional jets. …

Police, Other Texas Agencies Embrace Drone Use

Government use of aerial drones became much easier when the Federal Aviation Administration flipped the switch on new regulations last year. The Austin American-Statesman reports since then, a number of Austin-area public safety agencies, including the Williamson County sheriff’s office …

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 …