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Author Archives: J. Brooks Davis

How the FAA Is Regulating Small Drones

By David Elser, Business and Commercial Aviation As you read this, a new Federal Aviation Regulation applying to the registration of small UASs (sUASs), or drones, may be in place. (As BCA went to press, the FAA issued a rule for registration of small UAS weighing 0.55 lb. to less than 55 lb.–Ed.) And if so,… Read More »

A Small Business Startup Based On Small Drones

By David Esler, Business and Commercial Aviation Modesto, California, resident Tom Davis’s background includes 25 years as a scientific programmer during which he developed software apps and performed software engineering for high-speed computer systems. Having been raised on a farm in California’s Central Valley, he also was familiar with mechanized agriculture. And since his father had… Read More »

New rules may let drone industry soar

By Thad Moore, The Post and Courier The business of flying drones is in its early days in Charleston, but under new federal rules, the industry may be ready to take off. The Federal Aviation Administration loosened its requirements Monday for flying drones commercially, making it cheaper and easier for businesses to get the go-ahead to… Read More »

New FAA Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Go Into Effect

WASHINGTON – Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the implementation of the first operational rules for routine non-hobbyist use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”). The regulations on June 21, 2016 officially take effect today. “People are captivated by the limitless possibilities unmanned aircraft offer,… Read More »

Applying for a Waiver under the New Drone Rules

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new small drone rule effective August 29 – formally known as Part 107 – allows for some expanded operations based on technology mitigations if you can make the safety case for a waiver of some provisions. Operators can apply for waivers to operate at night, beyond line of sight, above… Read More »

Insurer to pay $380,000 to settle Taser lawsuit against North Charleston

By Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier North Charleston’s insurer has agreed to pay $380,000 to an Iraq War veteran who said a police officer shocked him three times with a Taser for no reason. The settlement will end National Guardsman Brian Yates’ excessive force lawsuit that a federal appeals court already had used to further… Read More »

Get Ready for the New Small Drone Rule!

A new world of opportunities for drone operators opens next week on August 29 when the new small drone rule for non-hobbyists becomes effective. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to make sure you have the information you’ll need to take advantage of those opportunities. Aeronautical Knowledge Test One very important step you have to… Read More »

Dubai plane crash: Emirates expects network-wide delay after flight EK521 bursts into flames on crash-landing

By Louise Burke, The Telegraph An Emirates passenger plane burst into flames as it crash landed at Dubai airport on Wednesday but all 300 passengers and crew members survived the impact. There were 24 Britons aboard Emirates Flight EK521 when it came crashing down in the final moments of a return flight from Thiruvananthapuram in southern… Read More »

Union Chief Says American Pushing Pilots to Speed Up Flights

By The Associated Press The pilots’ union president said Thursday that American Airlines is reducing its safety margin by “manipulating” flight plans with tactics that include faster speeds. The union official suggested that American is trying to avoid canceling flights when crews push the limits of their legally allowed work shifts. American did not respond… Read More »

Is Uber reducing drunk driving? New study says no.

By Fredrick Kunkle, The Washington Post A new study casts doubt on Uber’s claim that ride-sharing has reduced drunken driving. Researchers at Oxford University and the University of Southern California who examined county-level data in the United States before and after the arrival of Uber and its competitors in those markets found that ride-sharing had… Read More »