Tag: Drones

Drone Hits Plane at Heathrow [VIDEO]

A drone reportedly struck a British Airways flight on Sunday just before it landed at around 12:50 p.m. local time at Heathrow Airport. If confirmed, the case would be the first incident involving a major commercial airline. Engineers later inspected the plan, found no damage, and cleared it for continued usage. Nobody was hurt on…

Enrique Iglesia Slices Finger With Drone During Concert [VIDEO]

Spanish pop star Enrique Iglesias is seeking treatment after a drone cut his hand during a Saturday concert. Iglesias continued the show with his hand bloodied and bandaged. Pictures and video from the event show him smearing his blood on his T-shirt in the shape of a heart. “Another example of his professionalism!” his publicist…

Amazon Gets Commercial Drone Approval [VIDEO]

The FAA announced Thursday that Amazon received one of 30 exemptions granted to fly drones for potential deliveries. The federal government has prohibited commercial drone use until the FAA develops regulation. Amazon is now one of 128 companies permitted to use drones for uses such as conducting aerial surveys or movie production. The company will…

FCC OK’s Amazon Drone Test [VIDEO]

Amazon has moved a step closer to its goal of one day delivering packages by drone. The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued an “experimental airworthiness certificate” to Amazon, allowing the company to test its unmanned aircraft.

US Unveils Plan For Commercial Drones [VIDEO]

The government has released a long-awaited plan for the use of small commercial drones in U.S. skies. Among the proposed rules is a restriction that a drone must be kept within sight of its operator, and a ban on nighttime flights. Still, officials said the economic and safety benefits of unmanned aircraft are expected to…

FAA Fears Imminents Flights-Drones Collisions [VIDEO]

A new report conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration shows a surge in small drones flying dangerously close to commercial airlines as they attempt to takeoff or land. Since July 1, pilots and air-traffic controllers have reported twenty-five instances. The majority has occurred at some of the nations busiest airports, including ones in New York,…

U.S. Drones Strike Pakistan for 3rd Day

On Tuesday, a U.S. drone strike hit a suspected militant training camp in northwest Pakistan, in an attack that intelligence officials say killed six and wounded nine. It marked the third U.S. drone strike on Pakistan in three days, after 2014 began with a six-month hiatus of strikes against terror cells in the country. Five…

First commercial drone flights over land are approved by FAA

First commercial drone flights over land are approved by FAA The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land, the latest effort by the agency to show that it is loosening restrictions on commercial uses of the unmanned aircraft. Drone-maker AeroVironment of Monrovia, Calif., and…

Drone, Jetliner Nearly Collided Over Florida [VIDEO]

A Federal Aviation Administration official warned this week about the dangers of even small unmanned aircraft, pointing specifically to a recent close call involving a drone and a commercial airliner that could have had “catastrophic” results. Jim Williams, the head of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) office, discussed various potential perils during a presentation…

NSA’s Secret Role in U.S. Assassination Program (Former Drone Operator Speaks to Scahill, Greenwald)

The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people. According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who…

Drone operator says he’s haunted by time in squadron that killed 1,626 by remote control: ‘The number made me sick to my stomach’

A former U.S. air force drone operator has described how he is haunted by his time as a “remote killer” functioning in “zombie mode” in missions over Afghanistan and Iraq that claimed more than 1,600 lives. Brandon Bryant, a retired airman who operated remote-controlled Predator aircraft from U.S. bases in Nevada and New Mexico, offers…

Secret memos show Pakistan tacitly approved drone strikes

Top Pakistani officials, despite publicly denouncing the CIA’s drone campaign, have for years secretly endorsed the program and routinely received classified briefings on strikes and casualty counts, according to top-secret CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos obtained by The Washington Post. The files describe dozens of drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal region and include maps…

Drone Fights California Wildfire

A Predator drone is joining the 4,000 firefighters working to contain the giant 12-day-old fire in the Sierra Nevada. The California National Guard drone will fly 22-hour missions to surveil the fire, allowing officials to study its movement and view far-flung corners of the blaze. It’s not the first drone to be used in firefighting,…

Drones Killing Innocent Pakistanis, U.N. Official Says

Drones Killing Innocent Pakistanis, U.N. Official Says Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson just returned from the region, where he listened to residents talk about terrifying encounters with one of America’s weapons in the war on terror. “Adult males carrying out ordinary daily tasks were frequently the victims of such strikes,” the statement from the U.N. office…