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U.S., Canada ban Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from aircraft

Both the U.S. and Canada have banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from all flights effective today. The ban comes in the wake of several reported incidents of the phones exploding or catching on fire.

New state bill would give cops the freedom to shoot drones down

A new bill introduced in Utah would allow law enforcement to shoot down drones in some situations and would also place limits on drone activity.

FAA Task Force recommends registration for drones over 9 ounces

A Federal Aviation Administration task force has recommended requiring owners of all drones larger than 9 oz. (250 grams) to register with the government, a move that could affect hundreds of thousands of US drone hobbyists.

All volunteer search and rescue team fights FAA, wins

Washington D.c. - A Texas volunteer based non-profit search and rescue organization can resume its operations after winning its court battle against the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA expands use of electronic devices during all phases of flight

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that airlines will allow passengers to use tablets, e-readers and game consoles during all phases of flight. However, phones cannot be used for voice communications.

FAA to ease ban on use of electronic gadgets in airplanes

Washington - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) could be a few months away from reversing its ban on using iPads and other electronic devices during takeoffs and landings.

Ex-FB star killed when jet crashes into Indiana neighborhood

South Bend - Investigators are working to figure out what caused a private jet to slam into three homes in northern Indiana Sunday, killing two people on board, including legendary University of Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis.

Airplane door plummets onto Florida golf course

Hallandale - Authorities have launched an investigation regarding a plummeting airplane door. The plane lost its door when flying over a Florida golf course.

Terror at 13,000 feet: skydiving mishap nearly kills 80-year-old

It's an 80th birthday she'll likely never forget. An elderly woman was left hanging on for dear life after a skydiving instructor pushed her out of a plane allegedly before her harness was secured.

Congress argues over aviation funding as 4,000 U.S. workers idled

Washington - A standoff between Senior House Republicans and Senate Democrats has been hamstringing the F.A.A. since July 23, costing the government millions in airline-ticket tax revenue, idling 4.000 workers, and making air travel more dangerous.

Clip of vulgar cockpit rant by Southwest Airlines pilot released

Houston - Southwest Airlines has suspended a pilot after his vulgar rant was picked up and broadcast on an air-traffic control frequency available to many pilots, as well controllers, who tried repeatedly to end the foul-mouth fly-by without any success.

Head of U.S. air traffic control resigns over sleeping employees

Washington - After a recent series of events involving sleeping air traffic controllers, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Air Traffic Organization (ATO) submitted his resignation on Thursday morning, accepted by the FAA’s administrator.

UFO over Honolulu...? Update

"It's hard to draw a surfer's attention away from the next wave, but whatever was in the southwest sky Friday evening around 6:20 p.m. drew a crowd along Kewalo Basin and Ala Moana Beach Park.

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