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  • FAA shuts down 30+ drone clubs near D.C.

    The FAA has ordered more than three dozen drone and model aircraft clubs surrounding the nation’s capital to stop flying, or face criminal or civil enforcement.

  • Buying a hobby drone? It needs to be registered

    The Department of Transportation set up an online registry for small unmanned aircraft that weigh more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds. It opens Dec. 21.

  • Top 10 drones for the holidays

    If someone on your list this holiday season is enamored with the idea of owning the latest and greatest tech, drones are the way to go.

  • Quiet killer: The story of a drone pilot

    Between 2,400 and 4,000 people have been killed in more than 400 drone strikes since the U.S. began using them in 2004 to target militants considered threats to national security. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Mark McCurley is one of the pilots that commanded those drones. He’s now opening up about what that’s like and the challenges that come with the job.

  • Researchers: Drones could destroy passenger jet engines

    WASHINGTON — Even with warnings that much of the D.C. area is a “no drone zone,” several people have been caught flying them, and researchers say local airports may be suffering the consequences. Virginia Tech…

  • Column: Drone regulations are coming

    Q: Where can I go to understand the proper legal use of taking videos with a drone? A: The popularity of drones — also known as  UAVs, short for unmanned aerial vehicles — is exploding, and…

  • Va. community college to offer class in drones

    WASHINGTON — Virginia has been in the forefront of drone use for a while: In July, the first Federal Aviation Administration-approved drone delivery brought medical supplies to the rural southwest corner of the state. Now a community college is offering…

  • FAA: No drones in DC, NYC or Philadelphia during pope visit

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is reminding people that New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. have been declared temporary no drone zones during the pope’s visit to the U.S. The FAA…

  • 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 —…