Airliner-Drone Near-Miss Spurs FAA To Clamp Down On UAVs

It’s come to light that a small drone almost collided with a US Airways jetliner in Florida in March — and it’s enough to spur the FAA to further clamp down on the use of UAVs. According to Jim Williams, head of the FAA’s unmanned-aircraft office, the UAV came so close to the jetliner that the pilot was initially convinced there would be damage as he approached the Tallahassee airport.

New Ruling Means Commercial Drones Are Finally Legal In The US… Sort Of

An Earth-shaking piece of news hit the drone community on Thursday night. A National Transportation Safety Board judge dismissed a fine that the US Federal Aviation Administration had levied against the pilot of a commercial drone. The FAA has no legal authority over small aircraft, the judge said.

Flytenow Is The Aeroplane Rideshare Service You Can Actually Afford

Admit it: You’ve always wanted to ride in a private plane. Imagine stretching out your legs and listening to music without headphones. What luxury! Too bad, you probably can’t afford it. But, with Flytenow, you just might.

FAA Rule Bans Personal Electronics In The Cockpit

While the US aviation authority recently changed its regulations to allow passengers to use gadgets more freely, it’s now done exactly the opposite in the cockpit: pilots won’t be able to use personal electronics during flights. Phew?

British Airways The First European Airline To Allow Gadgets At Takeoff

Last month, the European Aviation Safety Agency announced that it was going to join step with the FAA and allow electronic devices to be used during takeoff and landing. Now, British Airways is the first European airline to allow more free’n'easy use of gadgets in flights.

US Forest Service Spent $US100,000 On Drones It Can't Even Use

Everyone knows by now that Americans aren’t thrilled about the use of domestic drones. So if you’re a government agency and decide to invest many thousands of taxpayer dollars on surveillance drones, it’d be good if you checked to see if you can actually fly them first.

Commercial Pilots Suck At Manually Flying Planes

Excited about flying home for Christmas to see your family and friends’ shining faces? Well, you won’t be after reading this! Because according to a soon-to-be released study commissioned by the US aviation authorities, if it weren’t for automated systems, our pilots would suck at flying — bad.

US Roadmap For Domestic Drones Somehow Sidesteps Privacy

Like it or not, drones are coming to America’s skies — lots of them. By 2025, the government expects tens of thousands of drones to take flight, and it’s scrambling to get the proper regulations in place. It’s not off to a great start.

US Authorities Approve Use Of Electronics On Flights

After years of will they or won’t they, the US Federal Aviation Administration has finally given permission for airlines in the US to allow passengers to use personal electronics for the entirety of their flights.

FAA Advisory Panel: Wi-Fi Is Safe During Takeoff And Landing

This week, before the US government shut down, an FAA advisory committee recommended that airline passengers should be allowed to use smartphones, tablets and e-readers during takeoffs and landings. Wi-Fi has now been added to that list. Praise be!