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March 30, 2014
The past few months have revealed an American obsession with drones that touches nearly every aspect of modern life. Unfortunately for vulnerable civilians in other countries, we’re obsessing over the wrong drones.
The more drones we worry about, the less we care about what matters, Vanity Fair’s Kia Makarechi writes on the new drone age we are entering. source
19:37 // 2 weeks ago
December 30, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 30, 2013

Syria remains the deadliest part of the world for journalists, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which says that 70 journalists died on the job this year.

Lesson of the day: Don’t sample the audio from the Challenger crash for a pop song. It doesn’t work, even if you’re Beyoncé.

Fewer than half of all Republicans believe evolution is a thing, according to a new poll.

It took just 12 hours for five separate NFL teams to fire their coaches.

The FAA is testing drones in these states.

20:14 // 3 months ago
October 31, 2013
14:48 // 5 months ago
October 30, 2013

The latest evidence that idiots with laser pointers must be stopped

  • 3,188 cases of jerks with laser pointers pointing at cockpits during the first nine months of this year, according to the FAA. That’s up from just 300 cases in 2005, and is on pace to topple the record of 3,600 set in 2011. Why are these jerks doing it? Easy—laser pointers are cheap. source
18:24 // 5 months ago
September 30, 2013 Inc., which has an employee on the committee, said in a statement that it has worked on this issue for years, including testing an airplane packed full of Kindles. It said the report “is a big win for customers and, frankly, it’s about time.”
Sure, this FAA in-flight electronics thing is kind of a big deal, but I’m sorta focused on imagining an Amazon-chartered plane full of Kindles right now.
14:50 // 6 months ago
July 10, 2013

New flight training requirements issued by FAA days after Asiana Airlines crash

  • 250 The number of flight training hours that pilots previously needed to log before qualifying for a commercial pilot’s license, per Federal Aviation Administration standards.
  • 1,500 The number of hours that pilots must now spend in flight training before qualifying for the same commercial license, thanks to new standards passed by the FAA just two days after Asiana Airlines Flight 214’s highly-publicized crash in San Francisco. source

EDIT: As pointed out by Alex Fitzpatrick below, it’s not a direct reaction to the crash; the Buffalo crash in 2009 was also taken into account.

17:26 // 9 months ago
12:38 // 9 months ago
March 22, 2013

Air traffic control towers across the country closing due to sequestration

  • 149 the number of air traffic control towers that the FAA is closing as a result of sequestration. The towers, whose closure could affect air travel, will start shutting down next month. Some airports won’t even have operational towers. “We will work with the airports and the operators to ensure the procedures are in place to maintain the high level of safety at non-towered airports,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. source
20:19 // 1 year ago
February 16, 2013

FAA estimates wide domestic drone use by 2020

  • 10,000 unmanned drones over U.S. skies by the year 2020, estimates the FAA. Under a congressional deadline to open up licensing for drone use in the U.S. by 2015, the FAA has already issued over 1,400 permits since 2007, with drone operators working in law enforcement, state transportation, search-and-rescue teams, as well as at least seven different federal agencies. source
17:06 // 1 year ago
January 16, 2013
19:38 // 1 year ago