WASHINGTON >> Concerned about rising reports of close calls and safety risks involving drones, the government announced Monday it will require many of the increasingly popular unmanned aircraft to be registered. Pilot sightings of drones have doubled since last year, including near manned airplanes and at major sporting events, and there are reports of interference with wildfire-fighting operations, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said at a news conference.
The Goodyear blimp is back in town. The Spirit of Innovation, a seasoned blimp from Florida, will ply California’s skies for more than a year from its air station in Carson until a permanent zeppelin arrives in 2016. The hand-me-down aircraft will temporarily fill a void left when the 13-year-old Spirit of America was retired in August. At 192 feet long and 60 feet high, the Spirit of Innovation was officially christened in June 2006 and was stationed at Pompano Beach in Florida for more than nine years.