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Apr 16, 2015

China’s DJI drones flying high among U.S. companies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chinese drone maker SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd has established a strong early lead in the U.S. commercial market as companies turn to its inexpensive, light-weight flying devices for a host of uses from shooting films to mapping and site inspections.

Sixty-one of the 129 companies that received regulatory approval to use unmanned aircraft are using DJI drones, or 47 percent, far ahead of its nearest rival, a Reuters review of federal records as of April 9 shows. Nearly 400 other companies, more than half of the 695 businesses still awaiting approval, have applied to use DJI drones.

Mar 25, 2015

U.S. farm groups to press FAA for fewer drone restrictions

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) – American farmers want the
Federal Aviation Administration to relax proposed regulations on
commercial drones so the unmanned aircraft can be used over
longer distances at any time of day or night, farm group
representatives said on Wednesday.

Representatives for wheat, corn, and other farmers told a
Capitol Hill forum that they will submit written comments to the
FAA calling for final regulations to accommodate emerging drone
technology for a range of agricultural applications.

Mar 24, 2015

Amazon blasts U.S. agency for slowness on drone regulation

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) – E-commerce power Amazon.com
blasted federal regulators on Tuesday for being slow to
approve commercial drone testing, saying the United States is
falling behind other countries in the potentially lucrative area
of unmanned aviation technology.

Less than a week after the Federal Aviation Administration
gave Amazon.com the green light to test a delivery drone
outdoors, the company told U.S. lawmakers that the prototype had
already become obsolete while the company waited more than six
months for the agency’s permission.

Mar 24, 2015

FAA streamlines approval for some commercial drone use

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. aviation regulators on Tuesday unveiled a new policy to speed up approval for the use of commercial drones in the United States under certain conditions.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in a move first reported by Reuters last week [L2N0WM248], said it would award “blanket” certification allowing companies exempt from a U.S. ban on commercial drones to begin using the aircraft at altitudes of up to 200 feet (61 meters) during daylight hours and within the operator’s visual line of sight.

Mar 24, 2015

Amazon blasts U.S. FAA for slowness on drone regulation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – E-commerce power Amazon.com blasted federal regulators on Tuesday for being slow to approve commercial drone testing, saying the United States is falling behind other countries in the potentially lucrative area of unmanned aviation technology.

Less than a week after the Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon.com the green light to test a delivery drone outdoors, the company told U.S. lawmakers that the prototype drone had already become obsolete while the company waited more than six months for the agency’s permission.

Mar 20, 2015

FAA plans new steps to speed up commercial drone use: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration plans to unveil new steps soon to make it easier for companies to use drone aircraft for specific business operations, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Commercial drone flights are generally banned in the United States, except in a small number of cases where the FAA has granted an exemption. The has agency received more than 750 requests for exemptions to the ban, but has awarded only 48.

Mar 20, 2015

U.S. FAA plans new steps to speed up commercial drone use -sources

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration plans to unveil new steps soon to make it easier
for companies to use drone aircraft for specific business
operations, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Commercial drone flights are generally banned in the United
States, except in a small number of cases where the FAA has
granted an exemption. The has agency received more than 750
requests for exemptions to the ban, but has awarded only 48.

Mar 17, 2015

U.S. FAA ineffective to ensure compliance on hazardous materials: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lacks the skills to ensure that U.S. air carriers comply with rules governing the safe transport of hazardous materials including lithium batteries, a government watchdog said on Tuesday.

A report released by the U.S. Transportation Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the FAA lacks the training and guidance necessary to enforce Bush-era regulations that allow carriers to disclose hazardous material violations voluntarily, without incurring civil penalties.

Mar 13, 2015

US auto safety chief says Takata more forthcoming on air bags

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Takata Corp, under pressure from a $14,000 daily fine from U.S. regulators, has started to become more cooperative about documents involving a deadly default in its air bag inflators, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said on Friday.

“They’re starting to become forthcoming,” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind told an audience of consumer advocates. “My understanding is that yesterday, things started changing around,” he added, without elaborating.

Mar 5, 2015

NHTSA could tap unexercised authority to speed Takata recalls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. auto safety regulators are considering unprecedented steps to speed up the replacement of potentially deadly Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) air bags in millions of cars that remain on American roads despite massive recalls initiated by automakers.

In a letter dated March 3, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind told Senator Bill Nelson that regulators had the authority to increase supply of replacement parts by requiring more manufacturers to produce them.

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