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Commercial drone use apparently legal in US after all…for now
March 7, 2014 | 6:09 am

Amazon Delivery Drones 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 commercial at the University of Virginia, contended that the FAA has never actually issued any binding regulations restricting commercial use of drones, and the judge agreed. Though the FAA issued a policy notice in 2007 ostensibly making them illegal, the notice was only advisory and not actually legally...

FAA failure to keep up with commercial drone use could prevent innovation
February 25, 2014 | 5:59 pm

drone delivery 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 downloading: a physical good that reaches you quickly. And that is not even considering the other potential uses, such as aerial photography. But that is in the nebulous future. What about now? Well, the problem with drone use right now is that commercial drone use is technically illegal—the...

FAA investigation into allowing in-flight gadget use continues
June 23, 2013 | 2:14 pm

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, e-readers, and smartphones to be used during flights as long as they were set to a no-transmissions airplane mode. Phone calls and other radio transmissions would still be forbidden (unless the plane has in-flight Wi-Fi, of course). (The WSJ article is paywalled, but Ars Technica also has relevant coverage.)...

Study: 30 Percent of Flyers Have Left on their Electronic Devices
May 10, 2013 | 10:30 pm

electronic devicesBy Stephen Silver Ever reach into your pocket at the end of a long flight to turn on your phone, only to realize it was on all along? You’re not alone. A study released Thursday found that 30 percent of U.S. airplane passengers have accidentally left a personal electronic device turned on while on a plane. According to the “Portable Electronic Devices on Aircraft” study, jointly conducted by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX),  69 percent of respondents say they have used an electronic device in-flight. The study comes as the federal government is considering relaxing restrictions on in-flight...

Forgot to Turn off your Kindle in flight? You’re not alone!
May 10, 2013 | 12:47 pm

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 device at some time. Whoops! Another interesting breakdown is this: The study found that when asked to turn off their electronic devices, 59 percent of passengers say they always turn their devices completely off, 21 percent of passengers say they switch their devices to “airplane mode,” and five percent say they sometimes turn their devices completely off. Of those passengers who...

Morning Links: Barnes & Nobles is playing hardball
March 25, 2013 | 9:11 am

Morning Links 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 (GigaOM) Kindle Daily Deals: The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg (and 3 others) ...

Essay: Electronic Devices on Planes: Is the madness nearly over?
March 20, 2013 | 8:30 pm

TSABy Stephen Silver Of the many constant pet peeves associated with modern-day air travel--from inexplicable delays to intrusive security measures to really, really bad food--I think the one that bothers me most is needing to turn off electronic devices during landing and takeoff. This was bad enough years ago, when the flashing of the “turn off electronic devices” sign meant needing to turn off your Discman before you finished listening to your Barenaked Ladies CD. Now, in the age of the smartphone and tablet, it’s downright oppressive. Roughly eight out of 10 people I’ve seen on airplanes in the last two years...

Morning Links — FAA Facing More Pressure on Device Usage
January 4, 2013 | 9:07 am

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 Shift) Kindle Daily Deals: The Devil's Waters by David L. Robbins {and 3 others} * * *  ...

American Airlines forces nonverbal teen to put away her only form of communication: her iPad
August 21, 2012 | 12:34 pm

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 Carly's parents that she would never surpass the intellectual capacity of a small child. Now at age 17, Carly has proven these professionals wrong. After years of intensive therapy, Carly has figured out her own form of communication by typing on her computer and iPad. She's now an author with over 42,000 Facebook fans...

FAA may loosen in-flight e-reader and tablet restrictions
March 18, 2012 | 5:55 pm

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 has said that airlines are free to request exemptions for particular devices, the testing required to request that exemption is costly enough that most airlines would prefer to let their passengers go on being annoyed. However, Nick Bilton of the NY Times’s “Bits” blog reports that when he called the FAA last week...

FAA approves iPad use for pilots’ charts
February 28, 2011 | 10:54 am

ScreenClip(13)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 Mobile TC as a substitute for bulky, heavy paper charts. The app and device underwent rigorous safety testing to convince the FAA to allow it, and its use will require having a second approved electronic device (probably another iPad) in the cockpit for redundancy. An FCC...