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Author Archives: J. Brooks Davis

US F-16 crashes near Joint Base Andrews

By Jamie Crawford and Zachary Cohen, CNN A US F-16 crashed several miles outside Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday, two Air Force officials told CNN. The crash took place about six miles outside the base, which is located in Prince George’s County, and occurred during a routine training mission, according to Air Force officials. The… Read More »

How Flying a Drone Could Send You to the Slammer Even When the FAA Says It’s OK

By Jonathan Vanian, Fortune Tech You may want to think twice about where you fly a drone the next time you travel across the U.S.   Although the Federal Aviation Administration is in charge of regulating drones—as it regulates conventional airplanes—numerous states and local governments have been enacting their own drone rules. In some cases, these… Read More »


By John S. Yodice, AOPA Pilot Why should I have to worry about any of the federal aviation regulations dealing with alcohol and drugs? I don’t abuse alcohol. I don’t use illegal drugs. And I would never think of piloting an aircraft after legal use that could possibly affect my flying! Almost every pilot feels this… Read More »

Enroute A380 wake flips Challenger 604 upside down

By Declan Selleck, flightservicebureau.org We normally don’t report on individual aircraft incidents here, because the causal factors are related to a very narrow set of unique circumstances. This instance is different, and should be of concern to all operators. A Challenger 604 at FL350 operating from Male-Abu Dhabi passed an A380 opposite direction at FL360,… Read More »

Boeing sued in Charleston over Malaysia Airlines 777 disappearance

By John McDermott, The Post and Courier A South Carolina representative of the families of 44 passengers presumed killed when Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished three years ago is suing Boeing Co., alleging manufacturing defects may have doomed the missing jetliner. The case was filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston by Berkeley County resident Gregory… Read More »

South Carolina House passes bill requiring moped drivers to carry licenses and face traffic enforcement

By Andrew Brown, The Post and Courier COLUMBIA — People all over South Carolina who are driving mopeds may soon be required to have a license and follow traffic laws. The S.C. House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would require moped drivers to either have a valid drivers license or a separate moped exclusive… Read More »

FAA Releases Updated Drone Sighting Reports

February 23- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released an updated list of pilot, air traffic controller, law enforcement and citizen reports of potential encounters with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – more popularly called “drones”. The latest data cover February through September 2016. Reports of possible drone sightings to FAA air traffic facilities continued to… Read More »

Harrison Ford Involved in Incident with Passenger Plane, FAA Opening Investigation

By Ale Russian, People Harrison Ford was involved in an incident with a passenger plane on Monday as he was landing his private aircraft, according to NBC News. The actor reportedly flew dangerously close to a taxiing passenger plane after mistakenly landing in a taxiway instead of the runway he was cleared for. Ford, 74, was… Read More »

Passenger-carrying drone to fly in Dubai

By Jon Gambrell, Associated Press DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Up, up and away: Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July.   The arrival of the Chinesemade EHang 184 — which already has had its flying debut over Dubai’s iconic, sail-shaped Burj al-Arab skyscraper hotel… Read More »

Armed and dangerous, 4th Circuit: Firearm possession ‘objective basis for inferring danger’

By Heath Hamacher, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly A divided panel from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last February held in U.S. v. Shaquille Robinson that just because an individual is armed, “in and of itself,” that does not provide an objective indication of danger and does not justify a frisk under Terry v. Ohio…. Read More »