Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

3:45am

Fri August 16, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tornado Tech: How Drones Can Help With Twister Science

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 9:15 am

Drones can provide information about temperature, humidity and pressure that current radar systems can't provide. Above, the Talos drone, which has a 15.5-foot wingspan.
Jamey Jacob Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma was hit particularly hard by two massive outbreaks this year in what's been another deadly season of tornadoes in the U.S. Despite technology and forecasting improvements, scientists still have plenty to learn about how and why tornadoes form.

Currently, one of the best ways for researchers to understand how tornadoes form is to chase them. So off they go with mobile science laboratories, rushing toward storms armed with research equipment and weather-sensing probes.

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1:31pm

Sat July 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Developing: Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco International

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 5:47 am

Traffic backs up on Route 101 after the crash.
Sarah Rice Getty Images

Two people died Saturday in the crash-landing at San Francisco International Airport of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea, San Francisco's fire chief says.

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White says everyone who had been on board the flight is accounted for.

National Transportation Safety Board chairwoman Debbie Hersman said investigators were being deployed to the scene.

"Obviously, we have a lot of work to do," she said, noting that it was too early to tell what had caused the crash.

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3:28pm

Thu June 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

Under The Radar: Some Pilots Of Small Drones Skirt FAA Rules

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 9:17 am

Pablo Lema shows off his quadcopter.
Steve Henn NPR

Unmanned drones aren't just a tool for governments anymore. By as early as this year, the Federal Aviation Administration expects to propose regulations opening up the use of small, unmanned airborne vehicles — or drones — for commercial use.

Tens of thousands of these little, civilian drones are sold and piloted by hobbyists in the United States every year. Right now these drones are flown almost exclusively for non-commercial uses by enthusiast like Pablo Lema. Lema spends weekends flying his quardracopter around the San Francisco Bay.

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1:55pm

Thu May 30, 2013
Drones

Boulder Drone Program May Give Colorado Edge

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 10:42 am

The FAA is expected to decide whether to allow people to fly drones in certain parts of Colorado. That would be in a proposed FAA test site in this state... and it’s part of a larger effort to better understand whether the remote controlled, unmanned planes can be safely used in the airspace above communities - like airplanes or other aircraft.

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3:45pm

Fri May 24, 2013

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