Commercial drone use apparently legal in US after all…for now

By Chris Meadows
March 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

Remember that story I wrote the other day about the FAA’s restrictions against commercial use of drones? Motherboard reports that a federal judge has dismissed the FAA’s first (and only) case against someone making commercial use of a drone. 29-year-old Raphael Pirker, fined for filming a [...]

FAA failure to keep up with commercial drone use could prevent innovation

By Chris Meadows
February 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

At the risk of droning on, it seems like there has been a lot of news involving drones lately. We covered Amazon’s announcement of package delivery (someday) via drones, and some responses to it. Clearly, drone services could fill the middle range between snail-mail delivery and electronic [...]

FAA investigation into allowing in-flight gadget use continues

By libertyc
June 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

The FAA might soon permit limited use of electronic devices even during take-off and landing. We reported on the study earlier this year (and even last year), but The Wall Street Journal reports the FAA has been circulating a set of draft proposals that would allow for devices such as tablets, [...]

Forgot to Turn off your Kindle in flight? You're not alone!

By libertyc
May 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association released some interesting data yesterday about electronic devices on planes. • Ninety-nine percent of flyers bring a portable electronic device on a flight with them. That’s a lot of gadgets! • Thirty percent of them have forgotten to turn off a [...]

Morning Links: Barnes & Nobles is playing hardball

By libertyc
March 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Barnes & Noble/Simon & Schuster Dispute Said to Hurt Sales (NY Times) Citizen Journalism at Work: Unemployed British Man Becomes Syrian Weapons Expert (Paid Content) FAA Evaluating Use of eBooks on Airplanes (Good e-Reader) Thanks, Google Keep! Evernote Sees Uptick in Downloads, Usage [...]

Morning Links — FAA Facing More Pressure on Device Usage

By libertyc
January 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

FAA Facing More Pressure to Change Rules on Electronic Device Usage (Techdirt) Authors Benefit from Teamwork on Promotion (Good E-Reader) The Guardian Reveals an Important Truth About Article Comments (Scholarly Kitchen) OverDrive, 3M Kick Off 2013 With Promising eBook Developments (The Digital [...]

American Airlines forces nonverbal teen to put away her only form of communication: her iPad

By Cara Gavin
August 21, 2012 // 8 Comments

Carly Fleischmann, an autistic nonverbal teenager, was made to put away her iPad, her only form of communication, during an American Airlines flight, reports Babble.com. Carly was diagnosed at the age of two with autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors told [...]

FAA may loosen in-flight e-reader and tablet restrictions

By libertyc
March 18, 2012 // 1 Comment

One of the more annoying things to owners of e-readers who travel is the restriction against using electronic devices during taxi, take-off, and landing. The FAA’s regulations restrict using these devices out of concern that they could interfere with the avionics of the airplanes. And while the [...]

FAA approves iPad use for pilots’ charts

By libertyc
February 28, 2011 // 1 Comment

Anyone who’s ever used Google Maps with an iPad knows that the device is great for navigation. But now the FAA has reached the same conclusion. On Wired’s “Autopia” blog, Jason Paur reports that the FAA has just allowed a charter jet company to begin using the iPad and aviation chart app [...]

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