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U.S. FAA will appeal ruling on commercial drone use

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday said it would appeal a ruling by an administrative law judge in the case against the operator of a small commercial drone, that could favor the use of more unmanned aircraft. In a statement, the FAA said it was appealing Thursday's ruling, which rejected a fine against the operator for filming a commercial using a drone, to the full National Transportation Safety Board.

Citing lack of regulations, judge dismisses FAA's only fine for flying a small drone

WASHINGTON - A federal judge has dismissed the Federal Aviation Administration's only fine against a commercial drone user on the grounds that the small drone was no different than a model aircraft, a decision that appears to undermine the agency's power to keep a burgeoning civilian drone industry out of the skies. Patrick Geraghty, a National Transportation Safety Board administrative law judge, said in his order dismissing the $10,000 fine that the FAA has no regulations governing model aircraft flights or for classifying model aircraft as an unmanned aircraft.

Citing lack of regulations, judge dismisses FAA's only fine for flying a small drone

WASHINGTON - A federal judge has dismissed the Federal Aviation Administration's only fine against a commercial drone user on the grounds that the small drone was no different than a model aircraft, a decision that appears to undermine the agency's power to keep a burgeoning civilian drone industry out of the skies. Patrick Geraghty, a National Transportation Safety Board administrative law judge, said in his order dismissing the $10,000 fine that the FAA has no regulations governing model aircraft flights or for classifying model aircraft as an unmanned aircraft.

FAA unveils plan for integrating drones into U.S. airspace

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday released an initial plan for integrating unmanned aircraft more broadly into U.S. airspace by September 2015, along with a privacy policy for six drone test sites that will be chosen by the end of the year.

FAA unveils plan for integrating drones into U.S. airspace

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday released an initial plan for integrating unmanned aircraft more broadly into U.S. airspace by September 2015, along with a privacy policy for six drone test sites that will be chosen by the end of the year.

U.S. aviation still stymied despite recall of FAA staff

By Alwyn Scott (Reuters) - The U.S. government shutdown is blocking Boeing Co and Airbus from delivering aircraft to U.S. airlines and raising safety concerns, even though hundreds of furloughed workers are being recalled this week. The problems faced by airlines and aerospace companies show the far-reaching impact of the shutdown, now in its eighth day.

Correction: Shutdown-FAA story

WASHINGTON - In a story Oct. 7 about the federal government shutdown, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Federal Aviation Administration is recalling to work employees who register new planes. Those employees have not been recalled. A corrected version of the story is below: FAA brings back some workers as shutdown drags on FAA brings back some furloughed safety inspectors, other workers as partial shutdown drags on By JOAN LOWY Associated Press

FAA to weigh easing restrictions on passenger use of smartphones, other devices

WASHINGTON - With the blessing of an influential advisory panel, federal regulators are closer to letting airline passengers use their smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other electronic gadgets during takeoffs and landings. The 28-member FAA advisory committee voted to recommend the change during a closed-door meeting Thursday, said industry officials familiar with the deliberations. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the government asked them not to talk publicly about their deliberations.

Advisory panel urges FAA to ease restrictions on passenger use of smartphones, other devices

WASHINGTON - A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee recommended Thursday that airline passengers be allowed to use smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings, according to industry officials familiar with the committee's deliberations.

FAA imposes restrictions on foreign aircraft at San Francisco airport

SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. aviation officials are no longer allowing aircraft operated by foreign airlines to land alongside another plane when touching down at San Francisco International Airport in the wake of the deadly Asiana Airlines crash. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Tuesday it implemented the change "to minimize distractions during a critical phase of flight."
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