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December 12, 2014

Week In Review: Drones, Macadamias, Bankruptcies

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An unmanned aerial vehicle arrives with a delivery at Deutsche Post headquarters in 2013 in Bonn, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

With the unmanned aerial vehicle industry in the United States trying to emerge from its infancy, members of the House pressed Federal Aviation Administration official Peggy Gilligan at a hearing Wednesday on why the agency seems so tardy in issuing a rule on small UAVs.

If FAA approves drones for commercial use, they’d enable farmers to monitor their crops and real estate agents to scan neighborhoods and sell houses. Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation said the FAA’s slowness is stifling innovation.

One member of the panel, libertarian-minded Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., also worried about whether drones will encroach on your backyard and violate your property rights.

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December 10, 2014

FAA’s Slow Pace On Drones Draws Fire

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Rep. Thomas Massie, R- Ky., is concerned about FAA’s slow pace in issuing drone rules. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Federal Aviation Administration is walking a fine line on drone regulation: trying to ensure that the unmanned vehicles don’t collide with airplanes, but also not trying to not stifle an infant industry. At the moment, members of Congress aren’t satisfied, if a hearing Wednesday before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation was any indication.

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December 8, 2014

Drones, Planes, Oil By Trains, Spending Bill Remains

The safety of drones flying in airspace they share with planes, the safety of shipping oil by trains and little transportation nuggets tucked into the year-end spending bill are all on the agenda this week as lawmakers try to finish business for the 113th Congress.

Tuesday

With many legislatures beginning their sessions in January, state lawmakers will be in Washington to swap ideas and lobby members of Congress as the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) holds its 2014 Forum this week.

A pressing issue facing state governments is the safety of rail shipment of crude oil and the congestion caused by North Dakota’s oil boom.

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October 15, 2014

With Autonomous Cars, A World Without Red Lights?

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A Google self-driving car maneuvers through Washington, D.C. in a 2012 test drive. (Photo: Karen Bleier/AFP/GettyImages)

While full deployment of autonomous vehicles is years, if not decades, in the future, free-market-oriented transportation experts are welcoming the vehicles’ potential to reduce government intervention in Americans’ travel decisions.

At a Cato Institute panel discussion Tuesday, Randal O’Toole, a senior fellow at the think tank, speculated that when nearly all American cars are automated, “I can see in the long run that things like stop signs and possibly even traffic lights, [and] speed limits, are going to be redundant.”

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September 29, 2014

This Week’s Transportation Agenda: Air Traffic Control Conference & Foxx Road Trip

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An Alaska Airlines jet passes the air traffic control tower at Los Angles International Airport (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

This week, by strange coincidence, the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) holds its 59th annual conference at the National Harbor center near Washington just after the Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control center in Aurora, Ill., was shut by a fire set by a technician working for a FAA contractor. Full story

September 26, 2014

The Container’s Friday Q & A: The National Association of Realtors’ Russell Riggs

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For-Sale sign in front of a newly built house in Williston, N.D. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Hollywood studios won permission Thursday from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones when filming movies. Next, will it be real estate agents who get to use drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to help sell homes?

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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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