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Category Archives: Aviation/Drone Law

Safety last: Lies and coverups mask roots of small-plane carnage

By Thomas Frank, USA Today A tragedy in Iowa BLAME SHIFTS FROM PILOTS TO HIDDEN DEFECTS, DANGEROUS DESIGNS The first flight of 8-year-old Caryn Stewart’s life was supposed to be a quick sightseeing tour over eastern Iowa in her uncle’s four-seat Piper Cherokee. Nervous and excited, she sat quietly behind her mother and next to her… Read More »

FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL 2.0 INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE

By AOPA Communications Staff The revised bipartisan bill has found much more support among Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster’s (R-Pa.) colleagues sans ATC “privatization.” H.R. 4 was introduced by the entire leadership of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its six subcommittees including Shuster, Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank… Read More »

1 dead in Southwest Airlines flight emergency landing in Philadelphia

By CBS News PHILADELPHIA —A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday. Southwest Flight 1380 was flying at about 30,000 feet when the explosion took place. The incident killed one passenger and injured seven others, authorities said. The plane, a Boeing… Read More »

6 Killed in Plane Crash at Arizona Golf Course

By Matthew Haag, The New York Times A single-engine plane carrying six people crashed on an Arizona golf course shortly after takeoff on Monday evening, killing everyone on board, the authorities said. Moments after the plane took off from the Scottsdale Airport around 8:45 p.m., it went down in a fiery crash on the TPC Scottsdale… Read More »

U.S. admits fault in deadly Moncks Corner plane collision

By Maurice T. Miller, News 2 Charleston The federal government admitted its employees were at fault in a deadly mid-air collision between an Air Force F-16 and Cessna aircraft in Moncks Corner. The collision happened in 2015 shortly after a Michael Johnson, 68, and his son Joseph, 30, took off from the Berkeley County Airport… Read More »

Americans no longer have to register non-commercial drones with the FAA

By April Glaser, Recode If you buy a new drone in the U.S. to fly non-commercially, you no longer have to register your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a decision issued today by a federal court in Washington. D.C. The court ruled that the FAA’s drone registration rules, which have been in… Read More »

Learjet crashes short of runway, killing 2 crew members

By David Porter, Associated Press A jet trying to land at a small airport near New York City crashed less than a mile from the runway among small warehouses and industrial buildings Monday, killing two crew members and sparking a fire that sent thick, black smoke spewing into the air. Surveillance video from a nearby… Read More »

When Do I need a Certificate? A look at hobbyist vs. commercial requirements for small UAS

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BasicMed Begins May 1st

April 24– General aviation pilots can now prepare to fly under BasicMed without holding a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical certificate as long as they meet certain requirements. They can fly under BasicMed beginning on May 1, the effective date of the January 10 final rule.It offers pilots an alternative to the FAA’s medical qualification… Read More »

U.S. Air Marshal Left Loaded Gun in an Airplane Bathroom

By Ron Nixon, The New York Times WASHINGTON — A federal air marshal on a flight earlier this month from England to New York left her loaded service weapon in the aircraft’s bathroom where a passenger found it, four marshals familiar with the incident said. The passenger gave the weapon to a member of the flight… Read More »