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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.


US Authorities Will Let Hollywood Use Commercial Drones To Shoot Movies

The US Federal Aviation Administration just granted its approval for six film and TV production companies to use drones on set. This is just the second time the agency’s approved the use of commercial UAVs, it’s no surprise Hollywood was first in line.


How I Failed To Become A Drone Pilot

Drones are fun. Let’s just get that out there. The small, semi-affordable aircraft that violate some people’s privacy, hurt others’ faces, and generally cause trouble are super duper fun. They’re also very, very complicated.


We Need To Ban In-Flight Phone Calls Before It's Too Late

News recently broke that the US Department of Transportation is revving up to try to officially ban in-flight phone calls. That’s right; the singular, obscene act of yelling into your hand while careening through the air in a metal tube full of strangers could soon be verboten. Good. It should. It’s time to kill the in-flight phone call before it starts.


This Slick-Looking Map Tells You Where You Can('t) Fly Your Drone In The US

The Federal Aviation Administration has been dragging its heels on drafting drone regulations, lots of people are confused about, where it’s OK to fly their small aircraft. Using OpenStreetMap and government data, the wizards at MapBox created an interactive map to clear the air.


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.


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