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House chairman: Donald Trump favors privatizing air traffic control

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A House committee chairman says President-elect Donald Trump likes the idea of spinning off air traffic control operations from the government and placing them under the control of a private, non-profit corporation chartered by Congress. Rep. Bill Shuster, head of the House transportation committee, told The Associated Press that he spoke to Trump about the idea several times both before and during the presidential election. He said he believes the president-elect would be supportive, although details would have to be…

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Bill Nelson gets drones-at-airports intercept program into FAA reauthorization bill

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson‘s concern about unpiloted drones flying near airports led him to take steps in Senate action Wednesday to stop them. Florida’s senior senator had the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee insert a pilot program to deter them into the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill. Senate Bill 2658, which ranking Democrat Nelson of Florida and Chairman Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, had marked up and approved by the committee, also includes new protections for airline passengers hit with…

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Delivery by drone in 30 minutes? Amazon says it’s coming

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Borrowing a pizza delivery motto, online retail giant Amazon told Congress Wednesday it is developing the technology to use drones to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less, a broad expansion of unmanned flight that is raising concerns about safety, security and privacy. Using commercial drones to quickly deliver packages is probably years away. But when government regulations catch up with emerging technologies, it could revolutionize the way people shop for items they need quickly, said Paul E. Misener, vice…

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Media attorney thinks Florida’s new drone law is unconstitutional

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a drone privacy law last week that bans drone surveillance of private citizens without their consent, but a Washington, D.C.-based media attorney thinks the Sunshine State has gone too far in attempting to regulate this emerging new technology. Chuck Tobin is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Washington, D.C., office. He chair’s the firm’s National Media Practice, which includes leading H&K’s “Drone Practice Team.” He’s intimately familiar with Florida’s media laws, having  taught media law and ethics…

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