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FAA rulings on model aircraft stifle development of new technologies, think tank claims

In a letter to the FAA's Regulations Division, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation states that the administration's Special Rule for Model Aircraft is too narrowly defined and would limit the use and development of certain technologies.

Texas search-and-rescue group can resume drone usage after court order

A Texas volunteer group that searches for lost and missing persons is resuming use of drones in such efforts after a federal court said the Federal Aviation Agency's email warning the group not to use such unmanned aircraft wasn't legally binding.

FAA considering Amazon's request to test drones outdoors for package delivery

Amazon is asking federal regulators permission to conduct outdoor testing of drones that the online retailer hopes one day will routinely deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The company submitted a petition July 9 to exempt it from Federal Aviation Administration's rules prohibiting commercial operation of drones or unmanned aircraft systems.

DOT IG to review why NextGen's PBN procedures not used by major airlines

The Transportation Department watchdog said it will review why some major airlines and their pilots are not using performance-based navigation- which is part of the Federal Aviation Administration's NextGen initiative- even though it can deliver significant benefits.

FAA issues 'do's and don'ts' for unmanned model aircraft operators

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a list of "do's and don'ts" to model aircraft operators following several "reckless" incidents of the devices near airports and around large crowds. The agency published an interpretation in the  Federal Register  June 23 of the special rules for model aircraft in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

FAA 'significantly' behind in integrating unmanned aircraft safely into nation's airspace, IG says

The FAA is facing major technological, regulatory and management barriers and until they're addressed, integration of drones or unmanned aircraft systems for civilian and law enforcement purposes will be slow and risky, the IG's report (pdf) said.

US government needs to conduct comprehensive strategic review of lethal drones, new report says

The Obama administration needs to conduct a "rigorous strategic review" and cost-benefit analysis of the use of drones in counterterrorism efforts, said a new report on lethal drones released by a nonpartisan task force co-chaired by a former U.S. Central Command commander.

Don't blame funding for NextGen's slow rollout, says DOT IG

While some lawmakers find the Federal Aviation Administration's implementation of key 2020 NextGen program milestones slow, the Transportation Department's Inspector General says it's not due to inadequate funding.

Air traffic controllers suffer fatigue due to long hours, finds report

Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers work too long, causing them fatigue that leads to poor work performance, a June 13 National Research Council report says. "The FAA faces many challenges in identifying the level of controller staffing needed to ensure safe and cost-effective services nationally and at its 315 facilities, starting with the lack of definitive methods for relating staffing levels to safety," the NRC says.

NextGen incentive program would require additional FAA appropriation, says Huerta

The Federal Aviation Administration lacks the necessary authority to create an incentive program that encourages pilots to equip aircraft with technology critical to the success of FAA's 2020 NextGen program.