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Drones thrown a bone: Americans can ask nicely to go where FAA says they can't roam

The US Department of Transportation is toying with allowing regional governments to set rules for drone owners that are otherwise incompatible with federal law. In a pilot program, no pun intended, the DoT will let quadcopter fanatics work with local officials to obtain waivers to operate their gizmos in ways that might not …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2017
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I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

A wayward quadcopter is being blamed for a power outage in Google's back yard this week. The city of Mountain View said that a large portion of the city, including city hall and the central library, were without power from 8:15 to 11:00 Thursday night, as part of an outage that knocked out service to around 1,600 customers. …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jun 2017
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America's drone owner database grounded: FAA rules blown out of sky

A US federal appeals court has struck down rules requiring recreational drones and other model aircraft to be registered with America's aviation watchdog, the FAA – but left in place airspace restrictions affecting drones in the Washington, DC area. Attorney and recreational drone pilot John A. Taylor filed the legal challenge …
Thomas Claburn, 19 May 2017

FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

Poll Ajit Pai, chair of US comms watchdog the FCC, has unilaterally decided that no one wants to make cellphone calls on planes, and he killed off a 2013 proposal by the regulator to potentially allow them. In a statement Monday, Pai stated: "I stand with airline pilots, flight attendants, and America's flying public against the …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Apr 2017

Who will banish spy-cam drones from US skies? The FAA doesn't want to do it. EPIC disagrees

Privacy advocates are pressing the US Federal Aviation Administration to ground creepy peeping-tom drones. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a legal challenge [PDF] on Tuesday over what it says is a lack of privacy protections in the FAA's latest private drone rules. The regulator has started enforcing …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Mar 2017
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Elon's SpaceX gets permission to blow up another satellite or two

America's Federal Aviation Administration has cleared SpaceX to launch satellites into Earth's orbit using the science upstart's rockets. This comes after the watchdog scrutinized the cause of last year's dramatic explosion on a SpaceX launchpad: on September 1, a refueling cockup strongly encouraged a Falcon 9 rocket, along …
Iain Thomson, 6 Jan 2017
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Intel bags FAA pass to fly 100-strong drone armadas over US soil

Intel says recently passed United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations on commercial drone flights are helping it extend the public performances of its Drone 100 light show demonstration. Chipzilla has obtained a waiver from the US aviation regulator that will let it fly the massive drone show on American …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Sep 2016
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FAA powers up an invisible hand, groping the skies for rule-busting biz drones

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun enforcement of new rules covering the commercial use of drones. The FAA says that the "Part 107" [PDF] requirements have been designed to allow businesses to fly small drones for light operations such as recording video or aerial photography. Announced in June of this …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2016
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AT&T: We wanna be a drone company, not just a phone company

Vid AT&T is planning to rapidly expand its use of drones – it can already put one of the gizmos in the air virtually anywhere over continental United States. Speaking at its Shape tech expo in San Francisco on Friday, Art Pregler, AT&T's drone program director, said the telco giant is using the flying gadgets to augment its 20,000 …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jul 2016
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US watchdog lobs balls of red tape at spy-in-the-sky drones

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) have laid out a new set of rules to guide businesses that use small drones for imaging. The Part 107 Rule [PDF] sets out the guidelines for commercial flight of drones weighing less than 55lbs for activities such as shooting photos of an …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jun 2016
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FAA to test Brit drone-busting kit

The US's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will trial the "world's first fully integrated detect-track-disrupt-defeat Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS)", developed by a trio of British companies. Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems describe AUDS as intended "for countering drones or …
Lester Haines, 1 Jun 2016
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US government publishes drone best practices

You can't use drones to check whether your employee really is sick, or to take pictures of your neighbors, unless you're a news organization in which case the sky is the limit - or more accurately not the limit. That's according to advice published by the US government over how best to use drones – or unmanned aircraft systems …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 May 2016
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Nerds make it rain in Nevada. The Las Vegas strip? No, cloud-seeding drones over the desert

Cloud seeding – spraying chemicals into the air to encourage rainfall – used to be regarded as a fringe science at best, but now it's kind of a big deal. As such, eggheads in Nevada hope to use drones to turn parts of the largely arid US state, otherwise famous for the Las Vegas adult playground, green. The Desert Research …
Iain Thomson, 5 May 2016
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FAA rules out fast-tracking drone regulations

America's Federal Aviation Authority has ruled out changing low-altitude airspace rules for drones at least until 2019. Organisations like Amazon, which is dead-set convinced it can handle the economics of drone deliveries if only regulators would do their bidding. Last year, Bezos' bros asked the FAA to segregate airspace …
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FAA doubles Section 333-exemption drone ceiling to 400 feet

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has announced changes to some of the rules governing drones weighing less than 55 pounds (25 kg). The main change relates to the altitude commercial operators can fly at without specific authorisation. Under the new rule, announced here, the blanket authorisation now allows a ceiling of 400 …
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FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy

US government officials' grave warnings that drones could cause a disaster above the nation's airports are overstated, a study by George Mason University has found. We're told birds are a much bigger threat to aircraft than folks' unmanned aerial systems (UASs). "We estimate that 6.12 x 10−6 collisions will cause damage to an …
Iain Thomson, 16 Mar 2016
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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

Analysis A lawsuit filed against a man who shot down his neighbor's drone might define for the first time who owns the skies in America. Back in June, 47-year-old William Merideth shot down the camera-carrying $1,800 quadrocopter with a shotgun while it was hovering over his house in Hillview, Kentucky, claiming that he feared it was …

FAA introduces unworkable drone registration rules in time for Christmas

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has announced a new rule that will require the owners of almost every drone in the United States to register it with the federal government – and pay $5 for the pleasure of doing so. Concerned with the booming number of flying toys, especially the 25 reports a month being filed with the …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Dec 2015

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