New FAA rules prohibit cargo delivery by drone

If you want to deliver cargo by drone in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration may have just grounded your plans. Under the recently released rules proposed by the FAA for operating non-recreational unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) under 55 pounds, delivery of packages by drone would be prohibited in the U.S. The FAA rules, […]

FAA cracks down on three airlines for alleged cargo violations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed fines totaling US$430,000 on five companies – British Airways, FedEx, American Eagle Airlines, and two unnamed non-airline companies – for alleged violations of safety regulations regarding the transport of hazardous materials. The largest single fine in the FAA announcement was US$195,000 against British Airways for asking its partner, American […]
  • September 23, 2014

The week in brief

Emirates marked its inaugural flight to Brussels, Belgium. The new daily service using a Boeing 777-200LR will offer up to 17 tonnes of cargo capacity per day. Key export commodities include pharmaceuticals, automotive spare parts, chocolates, machinery and equipment and electronics. AIT Worldwide Logistics marked its 35th anniversary as a company. From beginnings as a […]
  • September 11, 2014

The week in brief

American Airlines Cargo began offering cargo service to and from Fort Myers, Fla., and Orange County, Calif. In addition, cargo service will now operate in new locations in the following cities: Kansas City, Kan., Denver and Las Vegas. Cathay Pacific Services Limited was appointed as the handling agent for Royal Brunei Airlines’ cargo operations and […]
  • August 21, 2014

The week in brief

Volga-Dnepr Group celebrated the 80th birthday of Victor Tolmachev, the chief designer of the An-124 and An-225 aircraft. Tolmachev, who is technical director of Volga-Dnepr and an adviser to Volga-Dnepr Group’s president, is a doctor of engineering science, a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, and a member of the International Academy of […]
  • August 14, 2014

UPS pilots call for end to exemption from fatigue prevention rule

On the eve of the first anniversary of the fatal crash of UPS Flight 1354, UPS pilots are calling for an end to the exemption of all-cargo airline operators from FAR Part 117, the new pilot rest and operating rules enacted by Congress.   On Aug. 14, 2013, UPS Flight 1354 crashed on approach to […]
  • August 13, 2014

FAA OKs commercial drones over land for first time

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has given approval for energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE for aerial surveys in Alaska – the first time the FAA has authorized a commercial UAS operation over land. “These surveys on Alaska’s North Slope are another important step toward […]
  • June 10, 2014

The week in brief

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) launched both passenger-to-freighter and passenger-to-combi conversion programs for the Boeing 737-800. Both programs have been studied for the past year and will be marketed as B737-800SF (Special Freighter) (pictured) and B737-800C (Combination Passenger and Freighter). The program development costs are being fully funded by AEI. The modification touch labor will be […]
  • April 3, 2014

FAA proposes hazmat fine against Amazon

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a US$78,000 (57,298 euro) civil penalty against Amazon Fulfillment Services of North Las Vegas, Nev., for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. The FAA alleges that on Aug. 29, 2013, Amazon Fulfillment Services shipped a quart of high-gloss enamel paint on a FedEx Corp. aircraft from […]
  • February 7, 2014

FAA selects six test sites for drones

The Federal Aviation Administration selected the six public entities that will develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around the U.S. These test sites will conduct critical research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace over the next several years. Amazon made headlines in early […]
  • December 31, 2013
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