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Author Archives: J. Brooks Davis

FAA’s registration program will apply to more than drones

By Prentiss Findlay, The Post and Courier More than 500,000 drones are expected to be given as gifts this holiday season. Only the heavier models weighing more than a half-pound fully loaded must be registered with the government. What do you think?Do you think radio-controlled model aircraft should be registered with the FAA just like drones?… Read More »

FAA announces drone registration rules

By Elizabeth A. Tennyson, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association A DJI Phantom 3, one of the most popular UAS on the consumer market, is among perhaps a million drones that will be subject to the new registration requirement. Jim Moore photo.The owners of recreational drones weighing between 250 grams and 55 pounds will have to… Read More »

Drone users: May I see your license, please?

By Brad Boyd, an attorney at Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Fafinski Mark & Johnson Pressures are mounting for everyone involved in the unmanned aircraft systems industry, as increasingly severe penalties and new registration requirements force recreational and commercial users of UAS to adapt to evolving laws and regulations. With a recent $1.9 million penalty levied for… Read More »

Task force backs registration of drones weighing as little as some toy helicopters

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An aviation industry task force is recommending that operators be required to register drones weighing as little as a half a pound, a threshold that could include some remote-controlled toys, industry officials said. Federal Aviation Administration officials who convened the 25-member task force on drone registration have… Read More »

Nine Dead After Business Jet Crashes into Apartment Building in Akron, Ohio

By Mark Gillespie, Associated Press AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A small business jet crashed into an apartment building with a huge bang on Tuesday, killing at least two people aboard and shaking furniture in homes several blocks away, authorities said. Investigators were trying to determine how many people were on the 10-seat Hawker H25 jet, but… Read More »

Feds to require drone registration after close calls

By Fox News The Obama administration — in a bid to start tracking personal drones and address safety concerns in advance of a holiday season when the industry projects thousands more will be sold — announced Monday it will require the registration of drone aircraft, even for “consumers and hobbyists.” The decision is meant in… Read More »

North Charleston settles with Walter Scott family for $6.5 million

By Brenda Rindge, The Post and Courier The family of Walter Scott will get a settlement of $6.5 million from the city of North Charleston, the largest such payout in the recent high-profile killings of black men by police officers. With members of Scott’s family seated in the audience, City Council unanimously voted Thursday to approve… Read More »

FAA proposes record fine against a drone operator for flying in crowded NYC, Chicago airspace

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday proposed a record $1.9 million fine against an aerial photography company for flying drones in crowded New York and Chicago airspace without permission. SkyPan International Inc. of Chicago operated 65 unauthorized flights between March 2012 and December 2014 in some of… Read More »

Pilot dies during American Airlines flight, co-pilot lands plane safely

From Fox News Passengers aboard American Airlines Flight 550 are safe after the pilot died during the early Monday flight and the co-pilot landed the plane, an airline spokesperson confirmed to Fox News. The Airbus 320 was en-route from Phoenix to Boston and had to be diverted to Syracuse. Before the flight landed there, the… Read More »

High-flying attorney dedicates self to service

By Sully Witte, The Moultrie News In just 48 short years, Mount Pleasant attorney J. Brooks Davis has been a stockbroker, an entrepreneur, a blues musician, an aircraft repo man, an aircraft salesman, a commercial pilot and flew into New York City on 9/11, personally witnessing the attack on the World Trade Center from the cockpit,… Read More »