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Category Archives: Aviation/Drone Law

AP EXCLUSIVE: DRONES LEFT OUT OF AIR TRAFFIC PLANS

BY JOAN LOWY  ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Designers of the ambitious U.S. air traffic control system of the future neglected to take drones into account, raising questions about whether it can handle the escalating demand for the unmanned aircraft and predicted congestion in the sky. “We didn’t understand the magnitude to which (drones) would be an… Read More »

Study: More pilots testing positive for drugs

BY JOAN LOWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Tests of pilots killed in plane crashes over more than two decades show an increasing use of both legal and illegal drugs, including some that could impair flying, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The study examined toxicology reports for almost 6,700 pilots… Read More »

FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. It is the second-largest fine the agency has proposed against an airline. The largest proposed fine was… Read More »

Detailed report about 2013 McClellanville fatal plane crash released

By Natalie Caula Hauff, The Post & Courier What sounded like a scream was heard over the radio. Within five minutes, air traffic controllers had lost all contact with a pilot and a flight instructor aboard the turboprop plane that had been 15,000 feet above McClellanville. Minutes later, someone reported seeing a plane plummeting into… Read More »

Eyes in the sky: Small drones have FAA shaping regulations

By Christina Elmore, The Post & Courier Like something out of a science-fiction flick, the four-rotor apparatus looks the part of an oversize, mechanical dragonfly. A distinct hum similar to the insect exudes from the gadget when it hovers at eye level. The buzz fades to silence in seconds when the device darts skyward and… Read More »

Charleston airport board postpones decision on attorney’s contract

By Warren L. Wise Charleston County Aviation Authority attorney Arnold Goodstein will have to wait until January to see a contract for his legal services. The 13-member airport board voted Thursday to ask an employment attorney for an opinion on whether the agency should seek bids for professional services and, if not, draw up a… Read More »

Fiery cargo jet crash kills 2 in Alabama

A UPS cargo plane slammed into a field and burst into flames near an Alabama airport Wednesday, killing the pilot and co-pilot and strewing debris for hundreds of yards, authorities said. The plane, an Airbus A300, was en route from Louisville, Ky., when it crashed on approach to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen… Read More »

Mosquito pilot cleared after inquiry into Ravenel Bridge scare

The Post and Courier A pilot spraying for mosquitoes near the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge has been cleared of any wrongdoing after drivers called 911 saying they feared his aircraft might hit the span. The Federal Aviation Administration said it reviewed the flight of pilot Tommy Phillips of Williamsburg Air Service and determined there was… Read More »

Pilot’s texting contributed to copter crash

By JOAN LOWY — Associated Press WASHINGTON — Texting by the pilot of a medical helicopter contributed to a crash that killed four people, federal accident investigators declared Tuesday, and they approved a safety alert cautioning all pilots against using cellphones or other distracting devices during critical operations. It was the first fatal commercial aircraft… Read More »

Boeing expansion could turn SC into ‘aerospace hub’

By ANDREW SHAIN — Boeing’s new $1 billion investment could nearly double employment at its North Charleston Dreamliner jet-manufacturing plant and help South Carolina land more aircraft suppliers, state leaders said Tuesday. “Our state could become the aerospace hub,” said state Senate Finance chairman Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence. Boeing plans to add 2,000 jobs by 2020…. Read More »