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U.S. approves BP drone surveys of Alaskan oilfields

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – BP has been authorized to use unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, to conduct aerial surveys of pipelines and other infrastructure on Alaska’s North Slope, the first commercial drone flights over land, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday. AeroVironment started flying its Puma AE drone to survey BP’s pipelines,…

FAA will appeal dismissal of $10,000 fine over drone use for medical school ad

The U.S. aviation agency said Friday it will appeal the dismissal of a $10,000 fine it imposed on a Swiss entrepreneur who flew a drone over a college campus to make a commercial. Enthusiasts of the unmanned aircraft are closely following Raphael Pirker’s case, which they say could shape the…

Federal aviation regulator seeks fix for nearly 500 Boeing 737 planes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. aviation regulators on Monday proposed a fix for some Boeing 737 planes to ensure that a faulty altimeter does not cause the automatic throttle system to unexpectedly cut engine speed. The Federal Aviation Administration said the changes to cockpit automation, if adopted, would affect 497 Boeing…

From Amazon to burritos: 10 things you need to know about consumer drones

Amazon wants to use drones for parcel delivery, but UAVs are making their way into our lives in other ways too 1 Moving beyond warzones The use of drones – unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs for short – in military conflicts remains controversial. But drones have consumer uses too, and…

U.S. regulators to propose use of cell phones in flight

US telecommunications regulators will consider next month allowing people to use cell phones and other broadband services during flights, officials said Thursday. The proposal would allow people to make phone calls and surf the Internet on their phones, tablets and computers when aircraft are above 10,000 feet (3,048 meters). But…

FAA considers easing flight restrictions on smartphone and laptop use

U.S. aviation officials are considering easing restrictions on the use of personal electronics like smartphones, laptop computers and e-readers aboard airplanes, a spokesman said Monday. An advisory panel is meeting behind closed doors on Tuesday and Wednesday to finalize its recommendations for the Federal Aviation Administration by the end of…

UPS cargo plane crashes in Birmingham, Alabama: FAA

(Reuters) – A large UPS cargo plane crashed early Wednesday morning near the airport in Birmingham, Alabama, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The United Parcel Service Inc flight 1354, en route from Louisville, Kentucky, to Birmingham, crashed on approach about 6 a.m., according to the FAA. The plane was identified…

Two confirmed dead, others missing in Connecticut after plane crashes into houses

Two people were confirmed dead and others feared missing after a twin-engine light aircraft crashed into two houses in the US state of Connecticut. The Rockwell International Turbo Commander 690B crashed on approach into Tweed New Haven Airport before noon (1600 GMT), the Federal Aviation Administration said. It was on…

FAA tells Colorado residents not to shoot at drones or risk fines, jail

The Federal Aviation Administration responded negatively on Friday to a proposal by the Colorado town of Deer Tail to license hunters to shoot down drones. In a statement, it warned that anyone shooting at either a manner or unmanned aircraft “could result in criminal or civil liability,” according to the…

Sightseeing helicopter makes emergency landing in Hudson River

(Reuters) – A sightseeing helicopter made an emergency landing in the Hudson River in New York City on Sunday and all five people aboard were rescued unharmed, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The Bell 206 helicopter landed in the river near West 79th Street about noon EDT, police said. The…

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