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Alan Levin

An attendee shoots video of a Parrott Mini Drone during the CES Unveiled press event in Las Vegas on Jan. 5, 2014.

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An attendee shoots video of a Parrott Mini Drone during the CES Unveiled press event in Las Vegas on Jan. 5, 2014.

Drone Deliveries as Publicity Stunts

If there’s a quick route to media attention these days, it involves drones. First, Amazon.com unveiled a proposal on CBS’s “60 Minutes” to deliver packages via small unmanned copters. Lakemaid Beer of Wisconsin became a darling of the Internet last...

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A Boeing Co. ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flies over the ocean.

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A Boeing Co. ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flies over the ocean.

FAA Going Slow on Drones as Privacy Concerns Studied

The Federal Aviation Administration told Congress it’s further delaying the naming of six test sites for unmanned aircraft, as called for in a law passed Feb. 14, as it weighs the privacy implications of the new technology. FAA acting chief Michael Huerta’s letter...

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FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt speaks in front of the Oakland air traffic control tower, under construction, near the Oakland Airport in this file photo.

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FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt speaks in front of the Oakland air traffic control tower, under construction, near the Oakland Airport in this file photo.

FAA’s Babbitt Lands at Southwest

Randy Babbitt, the former head of the Federal Aviation Administration, is returning to his union roots. Babbitt, 66, who resigned from the FAA in December 2011 after an arrest on drunk-driving charges for which he later was acquitted, is joining...

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Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator Michael Huerta, right, with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, left, announcing a sweeping final rule that overhauls commercial passenger airline pilots scheduling to ensure pilots have a longer opportunity to rest before they enter the cockpit.

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Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator Michael Huerta, right, with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, left, announcing a sweeping final rule that overhauls commercial passenger airline pilots scheduling to ensure pilots have a longer opportunity to rest before they enter the cockpit.

FAA Candidate Faces Historical Odds

The precedent for this does not bode well: Michael Huerta, acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration since his former boss stepped down after a drunk-driving arrest in December, will face his first hurdle next week on the path toward...

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