Federal Aviation Administration News

Travelers’ Drone Program Is Changing the Way Its Claims Reps Do Business

Travelers’ Claim University, founded in 2007, is working to change the way its claims professionals do business through the use of drones to assist in property inspection and claims analysis. The nearly 200,000-square foot facility in Windsor, Conn., offers hands-on …

Massachusetts Officials Urge Drone Owners to Be Safe Over Holidays

State officials in Massachusetts are urging drone owners to fly responsibly this holiday season. The state Department of Transportation released suggested guidelines for operating the small, unmanned aircrafts this week. They say drones should not be flown over populated areas, …

Investigators: FAA Guidance Lacking in Wisconsin Midair Collision

A lack of guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration and improper training were significant factors in the midair collision of two skydiving planes over northwestern Wisconsin about two years ago, according to aviation investigators. The National Transportation Safety Board has …

London’s IUA Supports Coordinated, International Approach to Drone Regulation

A coordinated, international approach to the regulation of aviation drones is essential for the technology to thrive, said the International Underwriting Association (IUA), which represents wholesale re/insurance companies in the London market. As a result of rapidly growing interest in …

SkyWest Jet Plunge in April Prompts FAA Safety Limits

U.S. aviation regulators imposed unusual speed and altitude restrictions on St. George, Utah-based SkyWest Inc., a regional airline flying for several mainline carriers, after one of its planes temporarily plummeted out of control in April. The Federal Aviation Administration said …

Erie Insurance Receives FAA Approval to Use Drones in Claims, Underwriting

Erie Insurance announced Wednesday that it received conditional approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) — commonly referred to as drones — in the company’s claims and underwriting processes. The FAA approval allows …

Delay in Drone Rules Jeopardizes Research, Competitiveness, Congress Told

Commercial drone flights are taking off in other countries while the U.S. lags behind in developing safety regulations that would permit unmanned aircraft operations by a wide array of industries, witnesses told a House panel this week. The Federal Aviation …

Erie Insurance Seeks Approval for Drone Use

Erie Insurance Group recently filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation seeking permission for commercial operations of small unmanned drone aircraft. The Erie, Pennsylvania-based insurer said in its Nov. 14 filing that the company seeks to use the …

Louisiana Agriculture Officials Seek Drone Rule Changes

Louisiana agricultural officials have asked the federal government to loosen restrictions on the use of pilotless aerial vehicles. The Advocate reported the Federal Aviation Administration is modifying drone regulations and is expected to release proposed rules in November. LSU AgCenter …

Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash Insurance May Pose Quandary

Insurance on the Malaysian airliner brought down over Ukraine on Thursday is likely to pay out relatively quickly, provided that the cause of the crash is firmly determined, but observers say the loss of of 295 lives [corrected to 298] …