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An unmanned aerial vehicle flies at the unmanned aircraft flight station at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., on Dec. 12, 2013. With an established graduate program at OSU and a competitive bid with about two dozen other states to become a federally designated testing facility for drones, Oklahoma is positioning itself to become a hotbed for this booming sector of the aerospace industry. (AP Photo/ Oklahoma State University, Jamey Jacob)

Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies. Alaska, […]

12/30/2013

Dec. 2, 2013: FedEx cargo planes on the tarmac outside the FedEx hub at Los Angeles International Airport. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

FedEx CEO says drones unlikely to make big impact

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The CEO of FedEx doesn’t see drones taking over the package delivery business anytime soon. Fred Smith says FedEx has several drone studies underway. But the idea of delivering items by drone […]

12/18/2013

U.S. Coast Guard aviation survival technician P.J. Ornot speaks about a Molokai plane crash rescue to reporters at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point in Kapolei, Hawaii, Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)

Rescuers find debris, survivors after plane crash

HONOLULU (AP) — When Coast Guard rescuers flew to a small plane crash off the Hawaiian island of Molokai, they found smoking flares from the Navy, nine people floating in yellow life vests and debris […]

12/13/2013

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

FCC chairman advocates airline decision for cellphones

WASHINGTON (AP) — As one part of the federal government looks to remove restrictions on making phone calls from airplanes, another agency is apparently considering its own prohibition. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler told […]

12/12/2013

A traveler waits for her flight in Detroit. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Strong opposition to in-flight calls

WASHINGTON (AP) — As federal regulators consider removing a decades-old prohibition on making phone calls on planes, a majority of Americans who fly oppose such a change, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds. The Federal […]

12/11/2013

This image provided by Amazon.com shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. (AP Photo/Amazon)

Amazon’s delivery drones: An idea that may not fly

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Bezos’ idea to let self-guided drones deliver packages may be too futuristic for Washington to handle. The Amazon CEO is working on a way to use the small aircraft to […]

12/02/2013

This image provided by Amazon.com shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. (AP Photo/Amazon)

Amazon.com sees delivery drones as future

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com is working on a way to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less — by drone. Consider it the modern version of a pizza delivery boy, minus the […]

12/02/2013

A passenger checks her cell phone before a flight, Oct. 31, 2013, in Boston.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Gov’t weighs permitting cellphone calls on planes

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are “outdated,” and it’s time to change them, federal regulators said Thursday, drawing immediate howls of protest from flight attendants, airline officials and […]

11/21/2013

This photo Aug. 1, 2013 photo, courtesy of Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., shows from left, Inhofe's son Perry Inhofe, Inhofe's grandson Cole Inhofe and Sen. Inhofe in Oshkosh, Wis. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Sen. James Inhofe, Ryan Jackson)

Sen. Inhofe’s son killed in plane crash

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Secretary of Defense on Monday confirmed the death of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s son, 52-year-old Dr. Perry Inhofe, who was killed in a weekend plane crash in northeast Oklahoma. […]

11/11/2013

Boeing 787 Dreamliner (AP Photo)

FAA overhauls airline pilot training requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prodded by the families of people killed in a regional airline crash, federal officials issued significantly tougher training requirements for pilots Tuesday. One of the most important changes requires airlines to provide […]

11/05/2013

People exit Los Angeles International Airport Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Thousands of fliers delayed after LAX shooting

Thousands of fliers across the U.S. were delayed after the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport closed parts of the airport. The prolonged shutdown at the nation’s third-largest airport was particularly troublesome for those hoping […]

11/02/2013

Passengers evacuate the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday Nov. 1, 2013, after shots were fired prompting authorities to evacuate a terminal and stop flights headed for the city from taking off from other airports. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Thousands of fliers delayed after LAX shooting

Thousands of fliers across the U.S. were delayed Friday after a morning shooting at Los Angeles International Airport closed parts of the airport. The prolonged shutdown at the nation’s third largest airport was particularly troublesome […]

11/01/2013

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