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Author Archives: J. Brooks Davis

U.S. admits fault in deadly Moncks Corner plane collision

By Maurice T. Miller, News 2 Charleston The federal government admitted its employees were at fault in a deadly mid-air collision between an Air Force F-16 and Cessna aircraft in Moncks Corner. The collision happened in 2015 shortly after a Michael Johnson, 68, and his son Joseph, 30, took off from the Berkeley County Airport… Read More »

Americans no longer have to register non-commercial drones with the FAA

By April Glaser, Recode If you buy a new drone in the U.S. to fly non-commercially, you no longer have to register your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a decision issued today by a federal court in Washington. D.C. The court ruled that the FAA’s drone registration rules, which have been in… Read More »

Know your rights when stopped by police


Learjet crashes short of runway, killing 2 crew members

By David Porter, Associated Press A jet trying to land at a small airport near New York City crashed less than a mile from the runway among small warehouses and industrial buildings Monday, killing two crew members and sparking a fire that sent thick, black smoke spewing into the air. Surveillance video from a nearby… Read More »

When Do I need a Certificate? A look at hobbyist vs. commercial requirements for small UAS


BasicMed Begins May 1st

April 24– General aviation pilots can now prepare to fly under BasicMed without holding a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical certificate as long as they meet certain requirements. They can fly under BasicMed beginning on May 1, the effective date of the January 10 final rule.It offers pilots an alternative to the FAA’s medical qualification… Read More »

U.S. Air Marshal Left Loaded Gun in an Airplane Bathroom

By Ron Nixon, The New York Times WASHINGTON — A federal air marshal on a flight earlier this month from England to New York left her loaded service weapon in the aircraft’s bathroom where a passenger found it, four marshals familiar with the incident said. The passenger gave the weapon to a member of the flight… Read More »

United Air removes couple traveling to wedding from plane amid scrutiny

By Jonathan Allen and Chris Michaud, Reuters An engaged couple were removed from a United Airlines flight to Costa Rica on Saturday, as the airline remained under scrutiny following outrage caused by a video last week of a passenger being forcibly removed from a flight. According to the couple, who said they were en route… Read More »

Flying the airlines? You have rights, know them before you board!


Passenger rights to know before you board a plane

By Margaret Chadbourn, WCBD News 2 CHARLESTON (WCBD) – After a public outcry due to the forcible removal of a passenger of a United Airlines flight, more travelers are saying they’re concerned and asking for tips before boarding. Recordings of the event on social media show officers pulling a passenger from a flight Sunday after… Read More »