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FAA: Teen Started Helicopter At Mankato Airshow

The Federal Aviation Administration says a 17-year-old boy snuck into a Mayo Clinic helicopter at the Mankato Airshow Saturday and started it up. A spokesperson for the FAA says initial reports stated that the helicopter was started up by a young child, but the Mayo Clinic confirmed the culprit was actually a teen.

06/30/2015

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Xcel Energy Has FAA Approval To Use Drones

Xcel Energy says it has approval from federal regulators to use drones to inspect more than 320,000 miles of electric and natural gas infrastructure.

05/19/2015

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FAA Proposes Regulations On Drones

After years of waiting, the Federal Aviation Administration is finally proposing news rules for the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as drones. The long anticipated regulations are an attempt to balance flight safety with a rapidly blossoming industry.

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FAA Releases New Drone Regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed new rules for commercial drones that weigh up to 55 pounds. The rules state that the drones must remain within sight, must only be flow during daylight hours and must fly below 500 feet and no faster than 100 miles per hour.

02/16/2015

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Good Question: Where Can You Fly A Drone?

Early Monday morning, a drone crashed on the White House grounds. On Tuesday, we learned that a government worker has been operating the drone. He told investigators that he had been drinking before he lost control of the device. The incident raises questions about drone guidelines and regulations.

01/27/2015

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5 Ways Unmanned Drones Could Affect The American Food Supply

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal’s temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, “your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible,” says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union.

01/25/2015

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Minnesota Lawmakers Key In On Growing Drone Use

Lawyers, privacy advocates and hobby drone pilots are urging Minnesota lawmakers to set some rules for the small unmanned aircrafts.

12/12/2014

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Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing In Minnesota

Benton County authorities say a single-engine plane has successfully made an emergency landing about 20 miles north of St. Cloud’s airport after experiencing mechanical problems.

09/09/2014

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Pilot Unhurt In Vintage Plane Crash In Minnesota

A Wisconsin pilot is OK after a vintage plane crashed during the Rush City Fly-in in east-central Minnesota over the weekend.

06/09/2014

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FAA Grounds Wis. Brewery’s Proposed Drone Delivery

Earlier this week, WCCO reported on a Wisconsin craft brewery’s plans to deliver its beer by drone. The Federal Aviation Administration has gotten word of the plan, and they’re grounding it.

01/31/2014

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FAA Enacts New Rules To Fight Pilot Fatigue

New rules take effect Saturday to limit pilot hours in the cockpit, and to make sure they’re getting enough rest between flights. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now requires that all commercial pilots receive 30 uninterrupted, off-duty hours per week – a 25-percent increase from previous regulations. Before they go on duty, pilots must now get 10-hour rest periods, including eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. And depending on when their flight begins, the rules limit a pilot’s time in the cockpit to eight or nine hours.

01/04/2014

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Good Question: Could Drone Delivery Really Take Off?

On CBS’ 60 Minutes, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced a plan to deliver packages within 30 minutes by unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. Amazon’s “Prime Air’ service could be used for packages which weigh less than five pounds, and can only be sent to destinations that are within 10 miles of an Amazon distribution center. Bezos said he hopes the service could be ready in four years. “I know this looks like science fiction,” Bezos said. “It’s not.” So, how realistic is this idea?

12/02/2013

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Superior Skydivers Hope To Save Skydiving Company

The skydivers who survived two planes colliding in far northwest Wisconsin are hoping the dramatic video footage of that day will help save the company that owns the planes.

11/11/2013

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Skydivers Jump To Safety After 2 Planes Collide Over Wis.

Skydivers jumped to safety after a plane lost its wings and started on fire Saturday afternoon following a mid-air collision with another plane in northern Wisconsin, reports say.

11/02/2013

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3 Dead, 1 Injured In SE Minn. Plane Crash

Authorities say three people are dead and a fourth critically injured after a small plane crashed in southeastern Minnesota. The Houston County sheriff’s office says the crash happened two miles south of Caledonia at about 4:30 p.m. Friday.

11/01/2013

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2 Men Unhurt In Southern Minn. Plane Crash

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in North Lida Lake near Pelican Rapids.

07/17/2013

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Officials Say North Dakota Is Good Fit For Drones

North Dakota’s uncongested airspace and tumultuous weather conditions make the state an ideal spot for a civilian drones test site, say officials who are leading the campaign to land the federal project.

05/27/2013

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MSP Airport Not Seeing Flight Delays

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is not seeing the passenger delays some other airports are experiencing as a result of federal budget cuts.

04/22/2013

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FAA To Close 2 Minn. Air Traffic Control Towers

The Federal Aviation Administration says it will close two air traffic control towers in Minnesota because of federal budget cuts.

03/22/2013

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FAA Grounds Local Aerial Photo Business

Charles Eide and Mike Danielson have been flying radio controlled aircraft since they little kids growing up in the same neighborhood.

03/14/2013

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Air Traffic Controllers Brace For Budget Cuts

Air Traffic Controllers have been told they will receive letters by Monday that will outline how the automatic cuts in federal spending will affect their jobs.

03/02/2013

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Plane Crash Kills 1 In Otter Tail County

Authorities say one person is dead after a plane crashed Wednesday night near Parkers Prairie in Otter Tail County.

02/21/2013

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Pilot Dies In Crash At Laramie Regional Airport

Laramie police say a pilot has died after a fiery plane crash at Laramie Regional Airport.

09/21/2012

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Crow Wing Co. Plane Crash Victim ID’d

Authorities have identified the man who died Sunday morning in a plane crash in Crow Wing County.

07/23/2012

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Unlocking The Twin Cities: FAA’s Air Traffic Nerve Center

Flying can be stressful and frustrating, especially when there are delays and missed connections. That’s why people are hard at work in Farmington to make your trip as smooth as possible, no matter where you’re flying.

12/23/2011

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