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Drone operator faulted in NY collision with helicopter

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WASHINGTON – Federal investigators say a recreational drone operator was at fault in the first confirmed midair collision in the U.S. between a drone and a manned aircraft. That's according to a National Transportation Safety Board report. The report says the operator was unaware the Federal Aviation Administration had temporarily banned drone flights in New York when his drone collided with an Army Blackhawk helicopter on Sept. 21. The U.N. General Assembly was meeting at the time. The helicopter suffered minor damage while the drone was destroyed.


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YANGON, Myanmar – Two foreign journalists accused of illegally flying a drone over parliament buildings in Myanmar have appeared in court for the first time since their arrest last month. The two Malaysians appeared during a hearing in the capital, Naypyitaw, along with their local interpreter and driver. The four men working for Turkish Radio and Television were charged under the Export and Import Law and face up to three years in prison if found guilty. The four were detained on Oct. 27.


Trump OKs test program to expand domestic drone flights

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WASHINGTON-- Some Americans could see a lot more drones flying around their communities as the result of a Trump administration test program to increase government and commercial use of the unmanned aircraft. President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead Wednesday, signing a directive intended to increase the number and complexity of drone flights. The presidential memo would allow exemptions from current safety rules so communities could move ahead with testing of drone operations. States, communities and tribes selected to participate would devise their own trial programs in partnership with government and industry drone users. The administration anticipates approving at least five applications, but there is no limit on the number of communities that can join.


Unofficial in-flight dating app makes joining mile-club a whole lot easier

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Hooking up 30,000 feet in the air has been made easier with a somewhat-accidental in-flight dating app. This week, Qantas unveiled the Boeing Dreamliner that's being added to its fleet. And while the 787-9 comes with a bunch of fancy things like bigger seats and larger windows and fewer greenhouse emissions, there's an unassuming feature that's far more impressive and will revolutionize the dating world. The function has been around on some planes for a few years now but this is the first I've heard of it and honestly, I don't know why I haven't read more feature stories about couples who've met on this unofficial dating app. The feature, which appears on the tiny screen on the back of your headrest, allows you to message anyone around the plane as long as you know their seat number.


Watch amazing spiderman drone

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Just like how Spidey slings a web to capture bad guys, this little drone shoots a net to stop dangerous flying drones. DroneCatcher's special track and trace tech ensures the drone is precisely hit and caught by the shooting net. It is important for law enforcement to be equipped with the solutions to stop armed drones. With tech like DroneCatcher, law enforcement could more easily protect targets attractive to terrorists.


Pilotless planes are near

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Within the decade, several airlines could be on their way to rolling out pilotless flights, reports Fox Business. Also, United States citizens were more likely, at 27percent, than German and French citizens, at 13 percent overall, to take a flight without a pilot. From those savings, UBS surmises that the consumer would benefit with cheaper ticket costs. In the report, UBS states: "The average percentage of total cost and average benefit that could be passed onto passengers in price reduction for the U.S. airlines is 11 percent."


Researchers, regulators prepare for drones to fill US skies

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Researchers hope their ongoing studies will help the regulatory side of the drone industry catch up with the technology. While drone manufacturers and companies investing in unmanned flight are eager to reap the economic benefits, industry leaders and regulators agree the advance safety research is crucial to prevent crowded skies from turning into the Wild West. While drone manufacturers and companies investing in unmanned flight are eager to reap the economic benefits, industry leaders and regulators agree the advance safety research is crucial to prevent crowded skies from turning into the Wild West. Researchers hope their ongoing studies will help the regulatory side of the drone industry catch up with the technology.


Boeing studies pilotless planes as it ponders next jetliner

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Boeing is looking ahead to a brave new world where jetliners fly without pilots and aims to test some of the technology next year, the world's biggest plane maker said in a briefing ahead of the Paris Airshow. Jetliners can already take off, cruise and land using their onboard flight computers and the number of pilots on a standard passenger plane has dropped to two from three over the years. Self-flying aircraft would need to meet the safety standards of air travel, which had its safest year in 2016, according to the Aviation Safety Network. After in-depth talks with nearly 60 customers it concluded that current wide-body planes have too much range for most of the routes narrow-body planes fly, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Kevin McAllister said in a separate briefing.


Disabled man asked to move

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Tim Seward said that he paid more for a seat on an Asiana Airlines flight with extra leg room, but a flight attendant told him Sunday that he had to get up or face ejection. "They threatened me that they were going to kick me off the plane if I didn't move," Seward told news station KGO-TV. In the video, the flight attendant says he's concerned that Seward won't be able to perform the exit seat duties. The Federal Aviation Administration's guidelines say that "presence of the prosthesis would not be the determinant" for performing exit seat duties, but rather physical ability.


FEDS’ FLIGHT PLAN Airlines told to prep for wider electronics ban

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In March, officials implemented the initial ban of certain electronic devices on flights to the U.S. from 13 international airports due to reports of increased terror threats that suggested Al Qaeda and other groups were still looking to smuggle explosive materials onboard planes. When DHS implemented the initial ban, it said that there was "reason to be concerned" about attempts by terrorist groups to "circumvent aviation security," and said that terrorist groups continue to "target aviation interests." According to DHS, the affected airports were: Jordan's Queen Alia International Airport, Cairo International Airport, Ataturk International Airport, Saudi Arabia's Kin Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia's King Khalid International Airport, Kuwait International Airport, Morocco's Mohammad V Airport, Qatar's Hamad International Airport, Dubai International Airport, and Abu Dhabi International Airport. Last week, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, told Fox News that recent changes to aviation security were based on "specific and credible intelligence."