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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 »

FAA Evaluates Drone Detection Systems Around Denver

November 16– Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that enter the protected airspace around airports can pose serious threats to safety. The FAA is coordinating with our government and industry partners to evaluate technologies that can be used safely to detect drones near airports. This week, the the FAA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are… Read More »


By Jim Moore, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association The FAA has granted more than 18,000 remote pilot certificates for the non-hobby operation of small unmanned aircraft (commonly called “drones”) since Part 107 took effect Aug. 29. About 23,000 people have completed the FAA Safety Team online course designed for pilots who already have certificates and want… Read More »

FAA releases Moncks Corner fighter jet crash report

By Bo Petersen, The Post and Courier MONCKS CORNER – Less than 30 seconds from a collision, an Air Force major flying on autopilot used the device to turn his F-16 instead of grabbing the stick. The fighter jet rammed a civilian Cessna. A father and son were killed in the mid-air collision over the Cooper… Read More »

Cops don’t have to be Coppolas, says appeals court

By Phillip Bantz, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Police officers have to film field sobriety tests during DUI traffic stops under a South Carolina law that has irked prosecutors since the defense bar pushed the statute into existence in the 1990s. The video recording requirement has resulted in dismissals of seemingly slam-dunk cases because parts of… Read More »

Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team holds first meeting

FAA Press Release People are captivated by the limitless possibilities the drone industry offers, but with them comes a host of safety challenges, as hundreds of thousands of drones take to the sky. At the Federal Aviation Administration, we realize we can’t solve these challenges alone. We need the expertise and collaboration of key industry… Read More »

FAA Proposes $78,000 Civil Penalty Against Amazon For Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $78,000 civil penalty against Amazon.com, Inc., for allegedly violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations. The FAA alleges that on August 7, 2015, Amazon offered FedEx an undeclared shipment containing a flammable liquid for air transportation from Ruskin, Fla., to Algonquin, Ill. The… Read More »

Fly Safe: Prevention of Loss of Control Accidents

September 27– The FAA and General Aviation (GA) group’s #FlySafe national safety campaign aims to educate the GA community on best practices for calculating and predicting aircraft performance, and operating within established aircraft limitations. Impairment may cause a pilot to exceed these limitations and lose control of the aircraft. Are You an Impaired Pilot? Of… Read More »

No evidentiary hearing, no problem

By Phillip Bantz, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Trial judges can skip past full-blown evidentiary hearings and witness testimony and jump right into deciding whether a defendant is entitled to self-defense immunity under South Carolina’s version of the “stand your ground” law, according to a decision that divided the former and current leaders of the state’s Supreme… Read More »