Drones

Local News
3:23 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Federal Judge Overturns FAA Drone Ban, As NC Lawmakers Consider Usage

Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

3/11/14 Update: The FAA has appealed the judge's decision to the full National Transportation Safety Board. The appeal also has the effect of staying the judge's decision.

Some unmanned flying vehicles, or drones, can be used commercially in the U.S., after a federal judge ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration cannot enforce its current policy. The agency has banned commercial drone use.

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WFAE Talks
2:20 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

WFAE Talks Standardized Testing, A Union Co. BOE Surpise, 3rd Party Election Cash, Drones

More changes are coming in regard to how standardized tests are scored.

Union County's school board is accused of sneaking through a controversial redistricting vote.

Third-party election cash is flowing into North Carolina's U.S. Senate race.

Plus, breaking news on drones.

Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss all these issue on the latest edition of WFAE Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Drones: Technology, Innovation And Privacy Concerns Over Unmanned Aircraft

Readying a drone for flight in Hyde County, North Carolina
Credit NextGen Air Transportation Center

North Carolina is the birthplace of flight. Now some people want to get in on some more recent technology - unmanned aircraft - drones. They range in size from a kid's toy to a bus-sized military aircraft and have a broad range of uses - from law enforcement and military to agriculture, journalism, and maybe even deliveries from Amazon. But as promising at the technology is, it has some privacy advocates concerned that it could open the door to unconstitutional surveillance. While the FAA develops rules over unmanned aircraft and the North Carolina legislature weighs privacy concerns, we take a closer look at drones, their applications - both public and commercial, and the safety, privacy, ethical and legal implications for unmanned flying machines.

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WFAE Talks
3:25 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

WFAE Talks, Episode 2: A Decision Not To Indict, School Redistricting, Drones

WFAE's Greg Collard, Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford.

In this second episode of our new podcast, WFAE Talks, News Director Greg Collard and reporters Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer accused of shooting an unarmed man 10 times, the controversy over school redistricting in Union County and the future of commercial drones flying over our communities.