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Drones spotted near Charleston airport part of growing national trend, FAA says

By Prentiss Findlay, The Post and Courier Drones are a growing concern among pilots and regulators nationwide as more encounters with “unmanned aerial systems” around airports or as high as 11,000 feet are reported, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Nearly all of the hundreds of documented drone encounters listed in a new FAA report were… Read More »

Florence doctor dies in plane crash in AR

By Whitney Hill, WMBF News FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – A Florence man died in a plane crash on Sunday, August 23, in Union County, Arkansas, according to Union County Coroner Curtis Butterfield. Dr. John Steven Jobe, age 51, was flying a flight from Florence Regional Airport to South Arkansas Regional Airport, according to the Flight… Read More »

Third Class Medical Reform

From Mark Baker, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Every day of the week I’m receiving letters from members like you asking where we stand in the battle for Third Class Medical reform. Some members are concerned about the process moving too slowly. Others are concerned that we might never achieve… Read More »

Two airliners fly within 100 feet of drone above New York

By Joshua Berlinger and Aaron Cooper, CNN Two airplanes flying near one of the nation’s busiest airports each came within 100 feet of a drone on Friday, according to audio from each flight’s radio calls. The first, JetBlue Flight 1843, reported spotting a drone at 2:24 p.m. while approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport, according… Read More »

New expungement law levels the playing field for juvenile offenders

By Cynthia Roldan, The Post and Courier COLUMBIA — Before lawmakers wrapped up an extended legislative session this year, they passed a law with little fanfare that aims to give adults who committed nonviolent crimes as minors a second chance. Drowned out by the end-of-session chaos, the Legislature approved a bill Gov. Nikki Haley signed into… Read More »

Medical reform could be added to highway bill

By Elizabeth A. Tennyson, AOPA An amendment to the Senate highway bill now under consideration that includes third class medical reform language has been filed by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.). The amendment, which mirrors language in the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, was filed by the two senators who are longtime general aviation… Read More »

F.A.A. to Drop Donald Trump-Related Navigation Codes

By Karen Schwartz, The New York Times Three navigation coordination points above Palm Beach International Airport that had been named in honor of Donald J. Trump will be renamed, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday. “In general, the F.A.A. chooses names that are noncontroversial,” said an agency spokeswoman, Laura Brown. A growing number of businesses have… Read More »

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Two dead after F-16 on training mission, Cessna collide in Berkeley County

By  Andrew Knapp an Bo Petersen, The Post and Courier  A Sumter-based F-16 fighter jet on a training mission collided with a small airplane Tuesday morning in the sky over a Berkeley County rice plantation, killing two people on the private aircraft and sheering off metal parts that scattered over an 8-mile swath near Moncks… Read More »

F-16 jet, Cessna plane collide mid-air, crash near Charleston

By Becca Mitchell Berkeley County, SC – An F-16 jet and a Cessna C-150 plane have both crashed in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, about 11 miles north of Charleston, according to reports, from WCSC. The planes collided mid-air before crashing, according to reports from the FAA. Witnesses say the F-16 struck the Cessna broadside. The Berkeley County… Read More »