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This Congressman Hired A Commercial Drone For His Wedding

AP | By JOAN LOWY | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration indicated Wednesday that it is investigating whether a video of a congressman's wedding last m...

Air Traffic Controllers Still Face Schedules That Can Cause Fatigue

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air traffic controllers are at greater risk for fatigue, errors and accidents because they work schedules known as "rattlers" that...

FAA OKs Commercial Drone Flights Over Land

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land, the l...

FBI Targets Use Of Lasers To Distract Planes

AP | Posted 06.05.2014 | Crime

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Silence your cellphone. Save the movie commentary for later. And if you know someone who aims a laser pointer at an airplane, give ...

Over 1,100 Flights Canceled At Chicago Airports

AP | Posted 05.14.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — About 1,120 flights were canceled Tuesday at Chicago's two major airports after an electrical problem sent smoke into a regional rada...

FAA: U.S. Airliner Nearly Collided With Drone Earlier This Year

Reuters | Alwyn Scott | Posted 05.09.2014 | Travel

By Alwyn Scott NEW YORK, May 9 (Reuters) - An American Airlines Group Inc aircraft almost collided with a drone above Florida earlier this year, a ...

U.S. Lags As Commercial Drones Take Off Around Globe

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small, four-rotor drone hovered over Washington Nationals players for a few days during spring training in Florida last month, t...

Great News For Flying Robots

Reuters | Eric Beech | Posted 03.07.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has thrown out a fine by the Federal Aviation Administration against the operator of a small commercial d...

Ryan J. Reilly

Video Shows It Can Take Just 2 Seconds To Hijack A Plane

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A video produced by anonymous airline employees is circulating around Capitol Hill, meant to show members of Congress that airplane cock...

Why Has the FAA and FCC Been Lying to Us About Cell Phones on Planes?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
Blake Fleetwood

For more than 22 years the FAA and the FCC have essentially feeding us an urban myth that cell phone use would crash planes. Who could question passenger safety?

Kate Sheppard

House Republican Introduces Bill That Would Ban In-Flight Calls

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON --- Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) doesn't want to hear your cell phone conversation on his next flight. Shuster, the chairman of the House T...

Jared Gilmour

Forest Service Bought Drones To Keep Tabs On Pot Growers, Realized It Couldn't Actually Use Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Jared Gilmour | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Forest Service spent $100,000 on two drones to track marijuana growers back in 2006. But because of aviation restrictions and a...

What Airlines Actually Think Of In-Flight Phone Calls

AP | By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines? ...

FCC Considers Allowing In-Flight Cellphone Calls And Everything Is Terrible

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.22.2013 | Technology

Air travel could soon get a lot noisier. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission next month will consider lifting a ban on in-flight cellphone c...

Drone Access To U.S. Skies Faces Big Hurdles

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are acknowledging widespread drone access to U.S. skies faces significant hurdles and will ta...

WATCH: Astonishing Video Emerges Of Skydiver Plane Collision

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 11.05.2013 | Crime

Video released by NBC News shows the horrifying collision between two planes carrying skydivers over northwest Wisconsin on Saturday. Cameras mounted...

On Electronic Devices on Planes, Facts A Minor Factor

Christine Negroni | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Christine Negroni

The majority of the flying public trusts the FAA is making this decision with air safety first and foremost because they want that to be the case. The fact of the matter is that the facts don't matter.

Soon You'll Be Able To Use Electronics During Your Entire Flight

The Huffington Post | Dino Grandoni | Posted 11.04.2013 | Technology

After years of complaints from air travelers, the Federal Aviation Administration announced on Thursday that it will finally allow the use of smartpho...

FAA Furloughs 3,000 Airline Safety Inspectors

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 10.01.2013 | Travel

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 3,000 aviation safety inspectors are being furloughed by the Federal Aviation Administration as part of the government shutdown, ...

Plane Crash Evacuation Slides Were Faulty -- And The Feds Knew

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.01.2013 | San Francisco

The malfunction of two evacuation slides after the Asiana Flight 214 crash in San Francisco in July added drama to the emergency. Now, NBC reports its...

Spying Concerns Fuel States' Efforts To Regulate Drones

AP | LISA CORNWELL | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics

CINCINNATI -- Thousands of civilian drones are expected in U.S. skies within a few years and concerns they could be used to spy on Americans are fueli...

Physician, Heal Thyself -- Where's the 'Affordable Government Act'?

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

Think of the power of paying each taxpayer back -- rebating the Treasury -- when the government isn't efficient enough and spends more than 20 percent maximum on administrative costs.

Planes Collide Midair In Idaho

AP | JOHN MILLER | Posted 08.28.2013 | Crime

BOISE, Idaho — Two small planes collided in central Idaho on Friday morning at the site of a backcountry fly-in, killing a 2-year-old boy and in...

I'll Be Watching You

Amy Ephron | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Amy Ephron

This week's stunning news that the FBI is using drones as a surveillance tool in the United States almost veered into black comedy -- certainly ripe for a song parody, or rather a parody-song-medley.

The Booming Field of Aviation Technology

Tom Snyder | Posted 08.06.2013 | College
Tom Snyder

Before recommending a four-year college, high school guidance counselors and parents should determine whether a student would be better served at a community college in a program that virtually guarantees employment.