First Drone Launches at FAA Test Site in Nevada, Crashes Immediately

Friday was a big day at the drone testing facility in Boulder City, Nevada. It was the day that the first drone authorized to fly without FAA approval would take to the air. The bright orange unmanned aircraft, Magpie, did just that—and then it crashed to the ground in an embarrassing cloud of dust two seconds later. » 12/20/14 3:00pm Saturday 3:00pm

The Government Admits Drone Rules Won't Be Ready Until at Least 2017

It looks like we'll have to wait a few more years before order can be restored to a sky increasingly full of drones. Despite having set a deadline for September 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration admitted it's going to take even longer than expected to finish its rules for commercial drones. The Government… » 12/10/14 12:55pm 12/10/14 12:55pm

Drones Fly Too Close to Airplanes 25 Times a Month

With more drones in the air than ever before, there are more chances for the unmanned, under-regulated flying machines to collide with planes and helicopters flying over U.S. airspace. Close encounters and even near-misses happen more often than you would think: about 25 times a month, in fact. » 12/08/14 3:25pm 12/08/14 3:25pm

Why the FAA Isn't Worried About Drones Invading Your Privacy Right Now

Drones have a privacy problem. As more and more domestic drones take flight in the United States, more and more people are worried that these airborne cameras will be peeking in their windows and watching them drive around town—and rightfully so. Yet the federal agency overseeing the growing industry apparently… » 12/02/14 4:20pm 12/02/14 4:20pm

FAA's New $5 Billion Air Traffic Control System Forgot About Drones

Designers of the Federal Aviation Administration's futuristic, new air traffic control system did a whoops. Despite explicit instructions from Congress to take drones into account, they failed to include them in the plans for the $5 billion NextGen system. And it's definitely too late to start over. » 9/26/14 10:11am 9/26/14 10:11am

We Need to Ban In-Flight Phone Calls Before It's Too Late

News recently broke that the Department of Transportation is revving up to try to officially ban in-flight phone calls. That's right; the singular, obscene act of yelling into your hand while careening through the air in a metal tube full of strangers could soon be verboten. Good. It should. It's time to kill the… » 8/05/14 12:38pm 8/05/14 12:38pm

New Ruling Means Commercial Drones Are Finally Legal… Sort Of

An Earth-shaking piece of news hit the drone community on Thursday night. A National Transportation Safety Board judge dismissed a fine that the Federal Aviation Administration had levied against the pilot of a commercial drone. The FAA has no legal authority over small aircraft, the judge said. » 3/07/14 12:20pm 3/07/14 12:20pm