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Category Archives: Aviation Law

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 »

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 »

Drones spotted near Charleston airport part of growing national trend, FAA says

By Prentiss Findlay, The Post and Courier Drones are a growing concern among pilots and regulators nationwide as more encounters with “unmanned aerial systems” around airports or as high as 11,000 feet are reported, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Nearly all of the hundreds of documented drone encounters listed in a new FAA report were… Read More »

Florence doctor dies in plane crash in AR

By Whitney Hill, WMBF News FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – A Florence man died in a plane crash on Sunday, August 23, in Union County, Arkansas, according to Union County Coroner Curtis Butterfield. Dr. John Steven Jobe, age 51, was flying a flight from Florence Regional Airport to South Arkansas Regional Airport, according to the Flight… Read More »

Third Class Medical Reform

From Mark Baker, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Every day of the week I’m receiving letters from members like you asking where we stand in the battle for Third Class Medical reform. Some members are concerned about the process moving too slowly. Others are concerned that we might never achieve… Read More »