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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 …

No Survivors in Texas Hot Air Balloon Crash

A hot air balloon carrying 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas, and it appeared no one survived, authorities said. Authorities would not confirm the exact number of deaths in Saturday’s crash, but Lynn Lunsford with the …

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 …