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FAA Grants Six Entertainment Companies Requests to use Drones

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) loosened restrictions on the commercial use of drones on Thursday, granting six television and movie production companies permission to use the small, remotely piloted aircraft to shoot scenes on closed sets. “Today’s announcement is …

Boeing 787 Owners May Have to Replace Parts Near Lithium Battery

The U.S. aviation safety regulator has proposed requiring operators of some Boeing Co 787 Dreamliners to replace parts near the plane’s lithium battery in an effort to improve the plane’s ability to fight an on-board fire. In a directive issued …

Tall Building Reduction Near Airports Proposed

The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of buildings near hundreds of airports – a proposal that is drawing fire from real estate developers and members of Congress who say it will reduce property values. The Federal Aviation …

After Fatal Crash Ohio Air Show Plans Extra Safety Precautions

The Dayton air show is taking extra safety precautions a year after a pilot and wing-walker died in a fiery crash in front of thousands of horrified spectators. A third fire truck will be added to the two smaller trucks …

FAA Drone Policies Need to Be Updated Say Enthusiasts

As the popularity of remote-controlled, camera-equipped drones continues to rise, enthusiasts in Wichita say it’s time for the federal government to come up with some common-sense rules that can keep pace with the rapidly evolving technology. While it’s technically legal …

Report Outlines Risks Associated With FAA Controllers Exhausting Schedules

Air traffic controllers are at greater risk for fatigue, errors and accidents because they work schedules known as “rattlers” that make it likely they’ll get little or no sleep before overnight shifts, according to a government-sponsored report. Three years after …

U.S Not Prepaired for Civilian Drones

The U.S. aviation system is unprepared for the proliferation of civilian drone flights and how they would function amid piloted planes, according to a panel of scientific advisers to the government. There are “serious unanswered questions” about the safety and …

Boeing 787 Cleared to Fly Over Distant Oceans

The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday cleared Boeing Co.’s 787 to fly far over the ocean, up to 5 1/2 hours away from the nearest emergency landing site. The move comes while another branch of the government – the National …

New Safety Measures Sought for Boeing 737 Planes

U.S. aviation regulators on Monday plan to propose improving cockpit automation to help prevent pilot errors that have caused fatal airline crashes, according to a media report. The Federal Aviation Administration wants cockpit automation fixes in nearly 500 Boeing Co …

FAA Downgrades India’s Air Safety Rating Due to Concerns

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has downgraded India’s air safety rating over concerns about pilot training and other issues, the agency said Friday. The downgrade to the lower of two safety categories means Indian airlines cannot increase the number of …