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  • FAA smartphone app aims to help drone pilots fly safer

    WASHINGTON — As the popularity of drones heads skyward, so does the possibility of calamity. The Federal Aviation Administration is now beta testing an iOS smartphone app that aims to make flying unmanned vehicles safer, particularly…

  • Area group helping evolve the rules of the sky for drone flight

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is struggling with making rules for what some call the Wild West world of drone flight. Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership is leading the research to help the FAA develop rules that…

  • Officials: 2 arrested in drone plot to supply prison contraband

    JESSUP, Md. — The newest threat to prison security may not come from inside prisons, but from outside — in the form of drones. Maryland correctional officials say two men were arrested Saturday night in…

  • Idea of drones over Md., Va. school sports shot down

    WASHINGTON– Will D.C.-area school sports fans see drones overhead this fall? Not likely, it seems, amid new recommendations and rules from local sports rule-makers. Virginia high school sports coaches and school administrators are being advised not…

  • More drones spotted in restricted airspace

    ARLINGTON, Va. — As more people buy and fly drones, more and more of the unmanned aircraft are interfering with air traffic. The latest example came last Sunday, which saw at least 12 separate incidents of drones flying…

  • Drone regulations create both options and conflicts for industries

    WASHINGTON — Drones may be the wave of the future, but operators must still deal with present-day regulations. That’s creating conflicts with some industries, especially utilities. Dominion Virginia Power is contracting with drone companies to inspect power…

  • Farmers eager for drones, but most can’t legally fly them

    CORDOVA, Md. (AP) — Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm —…

  • New drone could help in search-and-rescue missions

    WASHINGTON — There’s been a lot of discussion about the negative uses for drones. But one plan emphasizes the positive, like finding missing persons. Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin announced last month that it is teaming…

  • Va. panel supports concept of body cameras

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Virginia is moving toward expanding the use of police body cameras but significant questions remain about how police and citizens would use the tool. A statewide panel tasked with making legislative recommendations…

  • American killed in Pakistan was working to develop business

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A 73-year-old American hostage killed by a CIA drone strike in Pakistan was an international development worker whose family described him as passionate about helping people out of poverty. President Barack Obama…

  • Va. panel to review police surveillance tools, weigh privacy concerns

    WASHINGTON – After a string of deaths at the hands of police officers across the country, and recent concerns about privacy and police surveillance, a new Virginia panel will examine whether state laws and policies…

  • FAA: Don’t post drone videos on YouTube

    WASHINGTON — Posting drone footage on YouTube apparently runs afoul of the Federal Aviation Administration’s rules against commercial use of drones. A Tampa-based drone hobbyist, Jayson Hanes, recently received a letter from the FAA, warning…

  • Hearing on drone legislation set in Maryland

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure in Maryland would establish that only the state may enact a law or take other actions to prohibit or restrict the use of unmanned aircrafts, not local governments. A…

  • Va. police to be allowed drones, with limits

    RICHMOND — After a two-year moratorium on drone use by Virginia law enforcement, the General Assembly is set to send the governor a bill allowing drone use only with a warrant or the permission of…

  • Legislative notebook: Va. hangs hat on new state songs

    WASHINGTON – After more than 15 years without a state song, Virginia is on track to get not one, but two new songs. The House of Delegates approved a Senate bill Tuesday that designates “Our…