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South Carolina House passes bill requiring moped drivers to carry licenses and face traffic enforcement

By Andrew Brown, The Post and Courier COLUMBIA — People all over South Carolina who are driving mopeds may soon be required to have a license and follow traffic laws. The S.C. House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would require moped drivers to either have a valid drivers license or a separate moped exclusive… 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 »

Armed and dangerous, 4th Circuit: Firearm possession ‘objective basis for inferring danger’

By Heath Hamacher, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly A divided panel from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last February held in U.S. v. Shaquille Robinson that just because an individual is armed, “in and of itself,” that does not provide an objective indication of danger and does not justify a frisk under Terry v. Ohio…. 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 »

Study cites due process violations in low-level courts as Charleston officials tout ‘groundbreaking’ improvement

By Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier In some South Carolina courts that face crushing workloads, many defendants accused of low-level crimes are often judged swiftly without learning about their basic constitutional rights, a study by a national lawyers group revealed. These people usually act as their own attorneys but are rarely informed of the consequences… 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 »