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The FAA's Drone Ban At The Super Bowl Is Absurd

You may have heard about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) quietly declaring that this year’s Super Bowl will be a “no drone zone.” You may not have heard just how big that no drone zone will be. It’s 60 miles wide. The no drone zone is larger than the city of Phoenix. Seems a little bit absurd, huh?


The First Drone Lawsuit Settled For Pennies

Back in 2011, a man called Raphael Pirker ‘recklessly’ flew his 2.2kg foam aeroplane around the University of Virginia without hurting anyone, an act the FAA thought worthy of a $US10,000 fine. A few years of wasted court time later, and both parties have agreed to settle for $US1100.


This Footage Of Ukrainian Aftermath Is Why We Need Drone Journalism

On Friday, 16 January, The New York Times published a report detailing Ukrainian rebels’ conflict to seize the Donetsk airport, now a bombed-out shell of its former self. Although the Ukrainian Army says it’s rebuffed the attack, it would have been the rebels’ first major advance in months since the cease fire on Sept. 5.


In The US, The FAA Will Permit Drones For Journalism. Starting With CNN

After months of studying drones as a news reporting tool, CNN just struck a deal with the US Federal Aviation Administration today, meaning lots of eye-in-the-sky Wolf Blitzer segments are forthcoming.


First Drone Launches At FAA Test Site In Nevada, Crashes Immediately

Friday was a big day at the drone testing facility in Boulder City, Nevada. It was the day that the first drone authorised to fly without FAA approval would take to the air. The bright orange unmanned aircraft, Magpie, did just that — and then it crashed to the ground in an embarrassing cloud of dust two seconds later.


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.