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While FAA Works on Drone Rules, Exemptions Increase for Insurance Industry

The Federal Aviation Administration is issuing permits for the commercial use of drones at a rate of about 250 a month as it tries to meet the growing demand for unmanned aircraft while it develops rules for their use. Through …

Drone Wars: Airspace and Legal Rights in the Age of Drones

It is only the tip of the iceberg. As technology advances, common citizens are increasingly finding themselves with the ability to obtain and fly reasonably-priced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) known as drones. News broadcasts are only now beginning to reflect …

FAA to Issue Commercial Drones Rules Within a Year

U.S. commercial drone operations could take flight on a large scale by this time next year, as federal regulators finalize rules allowing widespread unmanned aerial system use by companies, according to congressional testimony on Wednesday. A senior Federal Aviation Administration …

New FAA Ruling Clears Way for Property Drone Consortium Members to Fly Drones

Allstate and the Property Drone Consortium, a group of insurers, construction industry leaders and others supporting drone research, announced that a new FAA ruling will allow the consortium to fly drones for property claims research on behalf of customers. The …

FAA Says No Way to Thwart Pilot Sabotage

More than a year after the Malaysia Air disappearance raised questions about pilot sabotage, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration confided to investigators it has found no legal or technologically feasible way to make cockpit electronics impervious to tampering. The finding …

FAA Selects Mississippi State to Lead Drone Center

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that Mississippi State University will lead a team of 13 universities in running a new national center to research unmanned aerial vehicles. The National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems could signify that …

USAA, AIG Join State Farm in Receiving FAA Drone Approval

USAA and AIG are the latest insurers to gain Federal Aviation Administration approval to test drones. USAA wants to research how the unmanned aerial vehicles could speed review of insurance claims following natural disasters. State Farm previously announced it had …

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 …