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

Federal Drone Testing Is Coming to These 6 Scenic Locations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) just announced the six sites across the country that will host tests to see how drones could fly in the same skies as commercial aircraft. Naturally, geography, climate, safety and use of airspace were the decisive factors. » 12/30/13 1:37pm 12/30/13 1:37pm

British Airways the First European Airline to Allow Gadgets at Takeoff

Last month, the European Aviation Safety Agency announced that it was going to join step with the FAA and allow electronic devices to be used during takeoff and landing. Now, British Airways is the first European airline to allow more free'n'easy use of gadgets in flights. » 12/19/13 4:30am 12/19/13 4:30am

The Forest Service Spent $100,000 on Drones It Can't Even Use

Everyone knows by now that Americans aren't thrilled about the use of domestic drones. So if you're a government agency and decide to invest many thousands of taxpayer dollars on surveillance drones, it'd be good if you checked to see if you can actually fly them first. » 12/06/13 1:40pm 12/06/13 1:40pm

Victory! You Don't Have to Shut Off Your Electronics On Flights Anymore

After years of will they or won't they, the FAA has finally given permission for airlines to allow passengers to use personal electronics for the entirety of their flights. Translation: You don't have to shut down your phone anymore. Finally. » 10/31/13 10:13am 10/31/13 10:13am

FAA Advisory Panel Says We Should Be Allowed to Use Electronic Devices

As expected, the FAA advisory committee has recommended that airline passengers should be "allowed to use smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings". That means, yes, we can finally use our damn (innocent) electronic devices while on an airplane without looking… » 9/26/13 10:26pm 9/26/13 10:26pm

NYT: FAA's New Electronic Device Rules to 'Go Into Effect Next Year'

The New York Times is reporting that the Federal Aviation Administration is about to finalize its loosened restrictions on in-flight gadget use—more than a year after it first announced it was mulling the idea. » 9/23/13 4:26am 9/23/13 4:26am

Even a Real Pilot Thinks We Should Use Cell Phones on Planes

NY Times tech guy and finder of his lost iPhone David Pogue has a fun little interview about airplanes with a pilot that reveals a few things you might have always wondered about flying winged tubes. » 9/12/13 8:11pm 9/12/13 8:11pm

The Ridiculousness of Why We Can't Use Our Phones on Airplanes

One of the great mysteries of life, along with who framed Roger Rabbit and like, what's included under the umbrella term of global warming, is why can't we use our dang phones and other electronics on a freaking airplane. It's as if some dimwit who was past his prime decades ago decided when cell phones became popular… » 8/07/13 7:37pm 8/07/13 7:37pm

Commercial Drones Are Now Approved for Aerial Surveillance

Creepy drone spying is no longer just the purview of the military in the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration recently cleared two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial use surveilling the Alaskan coast, marking a sharp turn for the future of domestic drone use. » 7/30/13 3:19pm 7/30/13 3:19pm

WSJ: The FAA Is Ready to Ease Restrictions on In-Flight Electronics

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Federal Aviation Administration is about to loosen its restrictions on in-flight gadget use—more than a year after it first announced it was mulling the idea. » 6/21/13 6:14am 6/21/13 6:14am