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Author Archives: J. Brooks Davis

How Military Pilots Keep Rogue Planes Out of No-Fly Zones

By Jack Stewart, Wired.com YOU’RE A PRIVATE pilot, out on a Sunday jaunt in your single engine prop plane. Lovely day for a flight—calm skies, good weather. Then you hear, feel, and then see the fast approach of two, grey, angular military jets, flying terrifyingly close to you, most definitely armed and dangerous. What have… Read More »

Study cites due process violations in low-level courts as Charleston officials tout ‘groundbreaking’ improvement

By Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier In some South Carolina courts that face crushing workloads, many defendants accused of low-level crimes are often judged swiftly without learning about their basic constitutional rights, a study by a national lawyers group revealed. These people usually act as their own attorneys but are rarely informed of the consequences… Read More »

FAA Third Class Medical Reform Effective May 1st

By Elizabeth A Tennyson, AOPA Teams of AOPA experts are examining the Jan. 10 announcement, which at first look appears to closely mirror the legislation signed into law on July 15, 2016. Pilots should note that BasicMed will not be effective until May 1, so they cannot fly under the rule until then. Affordable Rates… Read More »


By Joe Kildea The FAA has announced the next step as it moves forward with third class medical reform. A final rule is expected sometime in January 2017, but the implementation date, when pilots will be able to fly under the new regulations, is not known at this time. “We have been fighting for third class… Read More »

Report finds air traffic controller, pilot reaction time at fault for fatal 2015 crash between F-16 and Cessna over Moncks Corner

By Gregory Yee, The Post and Courier The official report on the fatal 2015 crash between an F-16 fighter jet and a Cessna over Moncks Corner places blame on the air traffic controller and a lack of time for either pilot to react. The report, issued by the Air Force Aircraft Accident Investigation Board, concluded that directions from… Read More »

New FAA Video Stresses Holiday Drone Safety

November 25– If you’re one of the lucky people who gets a drone as a holiday present, the Federal Aviation Administration wants you to know how to fly it safely. The agency has released a new video reminding everyone of the rules and regulations that safe drone pilots must follow. As the video shows, before… Read More »

Flawed communications cited before F-16, Cessna collision

By Bo Petersen, The Post and Courier An air traffic controller who told an Air Force fighter jet pilot to turn left instead of right has been found to have contributed to a collision with a civilian Cessna over the Cooper River that left two Moncks Corner men dead.   The jet pilot, who used an… Read More »

FAA Evaluates Drone Detection Systems Around Denver

November 16– Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that enter the protected airspace around airports can pose serious threats to safety. The FAA is coordinating with our government and industry partners to evaluate technologies that can be used safely to detect drones near airports. This week, the the FAA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are… Read More »


By Jim Moore, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association The FAA has granted more than 18,000 remote pilot certificates for the non-hobby operation of small unmanned aircraft (commonly called “drones”) since Part 107 took effect Aug. 29. About 23,000 people have completed the FAA Safety Team online course designed for pilots who already have certificates and want… Read More »

FAA releases Moncks Corner fighter jet crash report

By Bo Petersen, The Post and Courier MONCKS CORNER – Less than 30 seconds from a collision, an Air Force major flying on autopilot used the device to turn his F-16 instead of grabbing the stick. The fighter jet rammed a civilian Cessna. A father and son were killed in the mid-air collision over the Cooper… Read More »