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US Government Admits Drone Rules Won't Be Ready Until At Least 2017

It looks like we’ll have to wait a few more years before order can be restored to a sky increasingly full of drones. Despite having set a deadline for September 2015, the US Aviation Administration admitted it’s going to take even longer than expected to finish its rules for commercial drones. The Government Accountability Office now says the rules won’t be done until 2017 — at the earliest.


Amazon To FAA: We Might Just Take Our Delivery Drones Overseas

In the technology world’s equivalent of a teenage sulk, Amazon has told US aviation authorities that “without approval of our testing in the United States, we will be forced to continue expanding our Prime Air R&D footprint abroad.”


Drones Fly Too Close To Aeroplanes 25 Times A Month

With more drones in the air than ever before, there are more chances for the unmanned, under-regulated flying machines to collide with planes and helicopters flying over US airspace. Close encounters and even near-misses happen more often than you would think: about 25 times a month, in fact.


Another Near Collision Confirms That Drones' Biggest Problem Is People

BBC News is reporting that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed that another (stupid) amateur drone pilot almost hit an Airbus A320 as it was landing at Heathrow Airport on July 22nd, threatening the lives of nearly 180 people on board.


Why The FAA Isn't Worried About Drones Invading Privacy Right Now

Drones have a privacy problem. As more and more domestic drones take flight in the United States, more and more people are worried that these airborne cameras will be peeking in their windows and watching them drive around town — and rightfully so. Yet the federal agency overseeing the growing industry apparently doesn’t think this is a pressing concern.


Report: You Will Need A Pilot Licence To Fly A Drone In The US

There’s good news, and there’s bad news. The good news is that the US Aviation Administration (FAA) is getting really close to finalising its rules for commercial drones. The bad news is that those rules could be terribly restrictive.


Dumb US Appeals Court Rules All Drones Are Aircraft 

An appeals court ruled today that the US aviation authority can make all drone flights illegal. For drone pilots, this means a taking a flight could potentially set them back $US10,000 if the FAA uses its powers for dumb.


Fly A Drone Over Big Sports Events In The US And You'll Face Prison

The Federal Aviation Administration in the US has issued a warning that warns of large fines or imprisonment if your UAV strays too close to large sports venues.


Flight Attendants: The New Personal Electronics Rules Suck

The rest of us might be celebrating that we can finally keep playing Candy Crush during takeoff or landing, but flight attendants don’t seem to be too happy about the new regulations: the biggest union for flight attendants is suing the FAA to change the rules back.


FAA's New $US5 Billion Air Traffic Control System Forgot About Drones

Designers of the US Federal Aviation Administration’s futuristic, new air traffic control system did a whoops. Despite explicit instructions from Congress to take drones into account, they failed to include them in the plans for the $US5 billion NextGen system. And it’s definitely too late to start over.