Category Archives: Aviation

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Lack of Federal Regulations May Place Heightened Burden on Drone Manufacturers to Warn Users About Dangers of Interfering with Aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently reported that pilot reports of unmanned aircraft, or “drones”, have increased from 238 sightings in 2014, to more than 650 as of August 9, 2015. According to the FAA, there have been over 250 reports of drones flying at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet in June and July alone. The FAA statement is part of a push by the FAA to increase awareness that operating drones around airplanes, helicopters, and airports, is dangerous and illegal. News reports regarding…

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Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts: Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition for Distributors

On December 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 into law.  Section 818 of this Act requires all Department of Defense (DOD) contractors and subcontractors to obtain electronic parts from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), their authorized dealers, or from “trusted suppliers” that obtain parts exclusively from OEMs or their authorized dealers. Electronic parts no longer in production also must be purchased from such trusted suppliers. Whenever purchase from these reliable sources is not possible, contractors must take…

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