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Author Archives: J. Brooks Davis

FAA Tests FBI Drone Detection System at JFK

The FAA and its government partners are expanding research on ways to detect “rogue” drones around airports. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its government, industry and academia partners have joined forces to evaluate drone detection technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. Over the last two years, the FAA has… Read More »

Cops won’t cop to use of quotas

By David Donovan, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly South Carolina’s House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill April 26 that would prohibit police departments from requiring officers to meet quotas for ticket-writing—not that many departments will admit to using quotas as it is. House Bill 4387 would bar quotas for citations, but will still allow departments… Read More »

FAA Expands Drone Detection Pathfinder Initiative

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expanding the part of its Pathfinder Program that focuses on detecting and identifying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying too close to airports.  Today the FAA signed Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRDAs) with Gryphon Sensors, Liteye Systems Inc. and Sensofusion. The FAA will evaluate procedures and technologies designed to… Read More »

FAA Administrator Makes Two Major Drone Announcements

Speaking today at the AUVSI annual conference in New Orleans, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the agency is establishing a broad-based advisory committee that will provide advice on key unmanned aircraft integration issues. He also announced plans to make it easier for students to fly unmanned aircraft as part of their coursework. Huerta said the drone… Read More »

Supreme Court reinstates DUI conviction based on exceptions to the video-recording requirement

By Phillip Bantz, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Lack of a drunken driving arrest video or an affidavit from the arresting officer explaining the absence of the recording led a post-conviction relief judge to toss a defendant’s DUI-related convictions. But the South Carolina Supreme Court has reinstated Nathaniel Teamer’s prison sentence after finding that the PCR… Read More »

Can Breathalyzer pass constitutional test?

By Noah Feldman Can you be charged with a crime for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test when stopped on suspicion of drunken driving? It’s hard to think of a constitutional rights question that affects more people. The Supreme Court took it up last week, considering whether the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and… Read More »

Game of Drones-

By Jim Raycroft, AOPA If there is one type of flying machine that has snuck up on the aviation industry, it’s the unmanned aircraft system (UAS), often called drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). In 2012, the FAA estimated that 30,000 drones could be zipping through the airspace by 2020, but that number appears to… Read More »

Senate passes FAA reauthorization

By Joe Kildea, The Senate has passed FAA reauthorization legislation, including third class medical reform, on a 95-to-3 vote with strong bipartisan support. The measure would authorize FAA programs until Sept. 30, 2017. Final passage on April 19 followed a procedural vote the previous day. “This is a solid bill for general aviation,” said AOPA… Read More »

Plenty of Passengers, but Where Are the Pilots?

By Kate Murphy, The New York Times DELAYS or cancellations because of bad weather or mechanical problems are exasperating but common occurrences in air travel, but increasingly, passengers aren’t making it to their destinations for yet another reason: not enough pilots. The gate agent may not tell you that’s why you’re grounded, but a dearth of… Read More »

57 Year Old Disabled Veteran in Alabama Sentenced to Life in Prison for Growing Marijuana for Personal Use

By Anna Merlan, Reporter for Jezebel The New York Times editorial board weighed in Thursday on what they called the “outrageous” sentenced handed down to Lee Carroll Brooker, a 75-year-old disabled veteran in Alabama who is serving a life sentence for growing marijuana. The NYT called on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Brooker’s sentence,… Read More »