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September 23, 2014

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September 19, 2014

A Look Back: Foreign Air Carrier Competition, Drones & Defective Cars

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We heard from both Reps. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., (left) and Sam Graves, R-Mo., this week on aviation policy. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

This week on The Container, we spent lot of time reporting on aviation but with some focus on highways and the vehicles that travel on them.

We told you that U.S. airlines, while making good profits recently, still haven’t gotten back to pre-recession passenger levels.

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The Container’s Friday Q & A: Rep. Sam Graves

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Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., left, with actor and pilot Harrison Ford at a forum of the House General Aviation Caucus. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

We spoke with Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., co-chairman of the House General Aviation Caucus and a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week after he told an aviation industry conference in Washington about some of his misgivings about drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles.

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June 23, 2014

Startups Will Star as North Dakota Drone Summit Explores Commercialization

For drone enthusiasts, Grand Forks, N.D., will be the place to be this week, as the state hosts its eighth annual summit featuring Federal Aviation Administration officials as well as speakers from Northrop Grumman and an array of smaller companies in the fledgling unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry.

Danny Ellis, a spokesman for an Ann Arbor, Mich., start-up called SkySpecs, who’ll be speaking at the summit, said his firm is developing small aerial systems “with a focus on advanced intelligence for applications requiring immediate obstacle avoidance. Our first market and customer is in wind turbine blade inspection.”

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By Tom Curry Posted at 4:25 p.m.
Aviation, Drones

June 19, 2014

Markey Pushes for Privacy Requirements on Drone Operators

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A technician for Deutsche Post DHL prepares a drone to be equipped with a package before a test flight in Bonn, Germany, in December. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

Sen. Edward J. Markey, D- Mass., has offered an amendment to the “minibus” appropriations bill that would essentially stop the Federal Aviation Administration from implementing, until certain privacy protections are in place, a final rule to allow for civil operation of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) .

The amendment also would impose certain privacy requirements on drones used by police departments and other law enforcement agencies.

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