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Category Archives: Aviation/Drone Law

Boeing sued in Charleston over Malaysia Airlines 777 disappearance

By John McDermott, The Post and Courier A South Carolina representative of the families of 44 passengers presumed killed when Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished three years ago is suing Boeing Co., alleging manufacturing defects may have doomed the missing jetliner. The case was filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston by Berkeley County resident Gregory… Read More »

FAA Releases Updated Drone Sighting Reports

February 23- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released an updated list of pilot, air traffic controller, law enforcement and citizen reports of potential encounters with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – more popularly called “drones”. The latest data cover February through September 2016. Reports of possible drone sightings to FAA air traffic facilities continued to… Read More »

Harrison Ford Involved in Incident with Passenger Plane, FAA Opening Investigation

By Ale Russian, People Harrison Ford was involved in an incident with a passenger plane on Monday as he was landing his private aircraft, according to NBC News. The actor reportedly flew dangerously close to a taxiing passenger plane after mistakenly landing in a taxiway instead of the runway he was cleared for. Ford, 74, was… Read More »

Passenger-carrying drone to fly in Dubai

By Jon Gambrell, Associated Press DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Up, up and away: Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July.   The arrival of the Chinesemade EHang 184 — which already has had its flying debut over Dubai’s iconic, sail-shaped Burj al-Arab skyscraper hotel… Read More »

How Military Pilots Keep Rogue Planes Out of No-Fly Zones

By Jack Stewart, Wired.com YOU’RE A PRIVATE pilot, out on a Sunday jaunt in your single engine prop plane. Lovely day for a flight—calm skies, good weather. Then you hear, feel, and then see the fast approach of two, grey, angular military jets, flying terrifyingly close to you, most definitely armed and dangerous. What have… Read More »

FAA Third Class Medical Reform Effective May 1st

By Elizabeth A Tennyson, AOPA Teams of AOPA experts are examining the Jan. 10 announcement, which at first look appears to closely mirror the legislation signed into law on July 15, 2016. Pilots should note that BasicMed will not be effective until May 1, so they cannot fly under the rule until then. Affordable Rates… Read More »

FAA CLOSER TO ISSUING FINAL MEDICAL REFORM RULE

By Joe Kildea The FAA has announced the next step as it moves forward with third class medical reform. A final rule is expected sometime in January 2017, but the implementation date, when pilots will be able to fly under the new regulations, is not known at this time. “We have been fighting for third class… Read More »

Report finds air traffic controller, pilot reaction time at fault for fatal 2015 crash between F-16 and Cessna over Moncks Corner

By Gregory Yee, The Post and Courier The official report on the fatal 2015 crash between an F-16 fighter jet and a Cessna over Moncks Corner places blame on the air traffic controller and a lack of time for either pilot to react. The report, issued by the Air Force Aircraft Accident Investigation Board, concluded that directions from… Read More »

New FAA Video Stresses Holiday Drone Safety

November 25– If you’re one of the lucky people who gets a drone as a holiday present, the Federal Aviation Administration wants you to know how to fly it safely. The agency has released a new video reminding everyone of the rules and regulations that safe drone pilots must follow. As the video shows, before… Read More »

Flawed communications cited before F-16, Cessna collision

By Bo Petersen, The Post and Courier An air traffic controller who told an Air Force fighter jet pilot to turn left instead of right has been found to have contributed to a collision with a civilian Cessna over the Cooper River that left two Moncks Corner men dead.   The jet pilot, who used an… Read More »