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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash Caused By Lack Of Oversight 

An official investigation into the deadly crash of a Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo over California last October finds that a co-pilot unlocked the ship’s braking system too early. The incident, according to the National Transportation and Safety Board’s report, could have been prevented with better safety procedures.


US Authorities Are Investigating A Teen Who Weaponised A Quadcopter

Earlier this month, a 14-second video entitled “Flying Gun” was posted on YouTube. It shows a flying quadcopter outfitted with a handgun firing four shots. Now, it’s become a Federal Aviation Administration investigation.


Appeals Court Rules That Your Electronics Can Stay Turned On In Flight

Back in 2013, the FAA saw sense, and ruled that passengers can use their electronic fondleslabs during takeoff and landing. And, shortly after, the Association of Flight Attendants sued, claiming the FAA had overstepped its bounds. An appeals court just ruled against the AFA, meaning takeoff Candy Crush is here to stay.


Amazon's Drone Delivery Patent Just Feels Like Trolling At This Point

The idea of receiving your Amazon delivery from drone is fanciful. It’s a total impossibility for the foreseeable future, sure, but Amazon just scored a patent for drone delivery system anyway.


Delivery Drones At Last? FAA Contemplates Relaxing 'Line Of Sight' Rule

Many drone businesses — like aerial pizza delivery! — don’t make sense when FAA rules require that humans have a clear line of sight to an aircraft. But the FAA’s drone boss just told us that naked eyes won’t always be a requirement.


Boeing's Dreamliner Has A Bug That Can Make It Lose Power Mid-Air 

Here’s yet another snag for the embattled Boeing 787 Dreamliner: The Federal Aviation Administration in the US today warned of an alarming software glitch, in which the AC power can cut out and cause the pilot to lose control in the middle of a flight.


The FAA Is Switching To Satellites For Air Traffic Control

As unnerving as it is to hear, air traffic control has always been pretty piecemeal. Relying on a combination of instrumentation — namely, radar, radios, and GPS — as well as good old-fashioned eyeballs, pilots do a pretty good job navigating the sky. But they’re about to get a lot better with a new satellite-based system.


When The FAA Blasted Oklahoma City With Sonic Booms For 6 Months

Have you ever experienced a sonic boom? A sonic boom so forceful that your dishes fell from the cupboards, your photos fell off the walls, and maybe your ceiling even started to crack? This was the reality that residents of Oklahoma City endured for six months in 1964 — eight times per day.


This Is The First 3D-Printed Part That's Approved For A Jet Engine

3D printing has just reached another major milestone as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has officially approved GE’s T25 as the first 3D printed part cleared for use on a commercial jet engine.


Lawsuit: Helicopter Pilot Crashed After Fooling Around On FaceTime

A helicopter pilot was goofing off on FaceTime shortly before a fatal crash, according to a lawsuit filed by a surviving passenger.