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Author Archives: J. Brooks Davis

MEDICAL REFORM BECOMES LAW

President Barack Obama on July 15 signed third class medical reforms into law as part of an FAA authorization extension passed by the House and Senate days earlier. With the president’s signature, which came just hours before the FAA’s authorization was set to expire at midnight, medical reforms became law and the clock started ticking… Read More »

South Carolina police chief suspended during investigation into his alleged drunk driving

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – WSPA-TV reports that Laurens Police Captain Scott Satterfield is now under suspension and is being investigated for allegedly driving drunk and calling a man the N-word while vacationing in Horry County. That’s according to statements from fellow Laurens Police Officers. WSPA has obtained the statements from an unnamed source, and the… Read More »

SENATE PASSES MEDICAL REFORM BILL, AWAITS PRESIDENT’S SIGNATURE

By Elizabeth A. Tennyson, AOPA The Senate has passed a 14-month FAA funding extension, H.R. 636, which includes third class medical reforms. The 89-to-4 vote means the legislation now goes to the president for his signature. “This is the most significant legislative victory for general aviation in decades,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “These reforms… Read More »

White House Clears Small Commercial Drones for Takeoff

By Joan Lowy, Associated Press Routine commercial use of small drones was cleared for takeoff by the Obama administration Tuesday, after years of struggling to write rules that would both protect public safety and free the benefits of a new technology. The Federal Aviation Administration announced the creation of a new category of rules for… Read More »

FAA Finalizes First Set of Operational Rules for Routine Commercial Use of Small Drones

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and… Read More »

SC Air National Guard F-16 fighter pilots collide over Georgia, eject safely

By Susanne M. Schafer, The Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two South Carolina Air National Guard F-16 fighter pilots ejected safely after a midair collision overnight in eastern Georgia, the Guard said. The collision happened Tuesday night around 9:15 p.m. during routine night-flying operations over a military operating area in Jefferson County, Georgia, the Air National… Read More »

Challenge To FAA Drone Authority Quietly Playing Out In Connecticut Federal Court

By John Goglia With little media attention, a hard fought battle is being waged in a federal district court in New Haven, Connecticut over whether small drones – so-called model aircraft – are indeed aircraft subject to FAA jurisdiction. This would be the first judicial decision regarding FAA authority to regulate small hobby drones. While… Read More »

Upstate law enforcement agencies call bill banning quotas unnecessary

By Daniel J. Gross Upstate law enforcement leaders say a bill that would bar agencies from setting ticket quotas for officers is unnecessary because they don’t have quotas. An S.C. Senate bill banning the imposition of quotas was unanimously passed in the House last month. Local law enforcement officials say most agencies don’t have such… Read More »

Supreme Court upholds dismissal of murder charge in North Charleston self-defense case

By Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier The state’s highest court said Wednesday that a North Charleston woman legally used deadly force in 2012 when she fatally stabbed her boyfriend at their home, a ruling that helps clarify how South Carolina’s “stand your ground” law applies to domestic violence. A trial judge in Charleston had dismissed… Read More »

FAA Releases Drone Registration Location Data

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today posted a large database showing the city, state and zip code of each registered drone owner. Release of the database responds to a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted since the new unmanned aircraft registration system began operating on December 21, 2015. The FAA is not… Read More »