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Category Archives: Aviation Law

Two airliners fly within 100 feet of drone above New York

By Joshua Berlinger and Aaron Cooper, CNN Two airplanes flying near one of the nation’s busiest airports each came within 100 feet of a drone on Friday, according to audio from each flight’s radio calls. The first, JetBlue Flight 1843, reported spotting a drone at 2:24 p.m. while approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport, according… Read More »

Medical reform could be added to highway bill

By Elizabeth A. Tennyson, AOPA An amendment to the Senate highway bill now under consideration that includes third class medical reform language has been filed by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.). The amendment, which mirrors language in the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, was filed by the two senators who are longtime general aviation… Read More »

F.A.A. to Drop Donald Trump-Related Navigation Codes

By Karen Schwartz, The New York Times Three navigation coordination points above Palm Beach International Airport that had been named in honor of Donald J. Trump will be renamed, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday. “In general, the F.A.A. chooses names that are noncontroversial,” said an agency spokeswoman, Laura Brown. A growing number of businesses have… Read More »

Two dead after F-16 on training mission, Cessna collide in Berkeley County

By  Andrew Knapp an Bo Petersen, The Post and Courier  A Sumter-based F-16 fighter jet on a training mission collided with a small airplane Tuesday morning in the sky over a Berkeley County rice plantation, killing two people on the private aircraft and sheering off metal parts that scattered over an 8-mile swath near Moncks… Read More »

F-16 jet, Cessna plane collide mid-air, crash near Charleston

By Becca Mitchell Berkeley County, SC – An F-16 jet and a Cessna C-150 plane have both crashed in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, about 11 miles north of Charleston, according to reports, from WCSC. The planes collided mid-air before crashing, according to reports from the FAA. Witnesses say the F-16 struck the Cessna broadside. The Berkeley County… Read More »

Small plane crashes into Plainville home killing 3, including child

By Jennifer Smith and Astead W. Herndon PLAINVILLE — A small private plane dropped from the sky Sunday and crashed into the roof of a stately Colonial home here, engulfing the house in flames as the residents ran to safety outside. All three people in the plane were killed. Federal officials said the aircraft was… Read More »

New Florida Drone Privacy Law Could Trigger Litigation Wave

By Carolina Bolado Law360, Miami (May 15, 2015, 4:31 PM ET) — A drone privacy bill signed into law Thursday by Florida Gov. Rick Scott that bans drone surveillance of private people without their consent could create a wave of litigation for insurance and construction companies that use drones for aerial surveying and trigger First Amendment… Read More »

Gyrocopter lands on Capitol lawn; pilot is arrested

By Julie Zauzmer and Mike DeBonis, The Washington Post U.S. Capitol Police said that a small gyrocopter with one occupant landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. One person has been detained, Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said in an e-mail. Eyewitnesses in Capitol offices reported seeing police run toward the… Read More »

Germanwings flight 4U9525 deliberately flown into mountain, says prosecutor

By Kim Willsher The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing 150 people, appears to have deliberately flown it into a mountain after locking the flight captain out of the cockpit. During the last eight minutes of the flight, the co-pilot “voluntarily” carried out actions that led to… Read More »

Germanwings Airbus A320 Crashes in France, 150 Feared Dead

By  Carlo Angerer, Alastair Jamieson and Alexander Smith A passenger plane carrying 150 people crashed in a remote part of the French Alps on Tuesday, officials said, warning that there are not expected to be any survivors. French President Francois Hollande called the crash of the Airbus A320 a “tragedy” and said the wreckage was… Read More »