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03.25.15 Prachi Gupta

Now even the FAA has a problem with its regulations on small drones. The AP reports that the government agency is “streamlining rules to expedite permits to fly small, commercial unmanned aircraft” after being barraged with complains over the current process. Here’s how the rules will change: Last year, the FAA began granting permits on […]

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02.16.15 Bucky Turco

On Sunday, the FAA issued its highly anticipated regulations on the civilian use of quadrocopters — or as they’re commonly referred to as, drones. The federal agency set weight, speed, and altitude limits for the remote-controlled flying cameras and outlined requirements for drone operators, such as being vetted by the Transportation Security Administration and taking […]

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02.09.15 Rhiannon Platt

After 24,591 separate complaints about air-travel related noise, residents of Long Island’s posh Hamptons neighborhood simply can’t take any more. The sound of “noisy” airplanes, as defined by the FAA, have been tormenting residents like Teresa McCaskie, who told NBC that she is unable to sleep. After thousands of complaints, the town is set to […]

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01.16.15 Rhett Jones

Senator Chuck Schumer is terrified of drones. After two recent instances of drones in the airspace at Westchester airport, on Friday he held a press conference to call for pressure to be put on the FAA to hurry up and finish its new guidelines for legal drone usage. A ruling by the National Transportation Safety Board […]

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12.23.14 Prachi Gupta

The Federal Aviation Administration has anticipated that you and your loved ones are going to want to operate an unmanned aircraft, aka a drone, this holiday season. In order to keep you “off the naughty list,” as the organization puts it, the FAA has created a video under the banner of Know Before You Fly, […]

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11.24.14 Rhett Jones

The Wall Street Journal claims to have a source close to the new drone regulation process being formulated by the FAA and the outlook probably won’t please hobbyists. If the Journal‘s source is correct, the new rules will “require operators to have a license and limit flights to daylight hours, below 400 feet and within sight […]

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11.21.14 Rhett Jones

Federal officials have said that numerous drones were spotted in restricted airspace around JFK airport this week, each being a separate incident. On Sunday evening, a Delta pilot and a Virgin Atlantic crew reported a drone between 2,000 and 3,000 feet in the air, and about 10 miles from the runways. The FBI said that drone […]

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11.18.14 Rhett Jones

The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled (PDF doc) that all drone flights can be considered illegal. For drone users, Tuesday’s ruling by an appeals board will be very important announcement to pay attention to. The FAA claims that it will release clear regulations for drones by the end of the year, but for now, […]

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07.18.14 Bucky Turco

Flying cameras, often referred to as drones in popular culture, are all the rage nowadays and intensely newsworthy. On Thursday, it was widely reported that the FAA is investigating a wedding video that was shot at a U.S. congressman’s wedding because it potentially defied the agency’s unclear policy regarding drones. ANIMAL spoke briefly by phone […]

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07.22.13 Andy Cush

Remember Deer Trail, that small town in Colorado that considering giving drone-hunting licenses and award cash bounties to anyone who could prove they shot down a government UAV? The Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates the airways, has issued a response, which, unsurprisingly, amounts to “Uh, don’t do that, guys.” “Shooting at an unmanned aircraft could […]

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