Aviation

Nats violated FAA regulations with drone use

The Washington Nationals’s use of a small drone to capture publicity photos during spring training in Florida did not gain federal approval, according to The Associated Press. 

The small, four-rotor drone hovered over Nats players over the course of a few days in Viera, Fla., where the team is tuning up for the 2014 season, according to the AP. 

Existing Federal Aviation Administration regulations bar drones for commercial purposes. 

“No, we didn’t get it cleared, but we don’t get our pop flies cleared either and those go higher than this thing did,” a team official told the AP. 

It was not immediately clear if the team faces any potential penalties for the violation. 

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Malaysia Air: Missing plane was ‘fully serviced’

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which has been missing for more than week, was “fully serviced” and “fit to fly,” according to company officials.

As investigators have focused on the possibility that the missing jetliner was deliberated diverted by its pilots or crew, Malaysia Air said the Boeing 777 was maintained up to the airplane manufacturer’s standards. 

“Malaysia Airlines has confirmed that the aircraft was subjected to the required maintenance program: the Boeing Maintenance Planning Document,” the company said in a statement. “Checks are done according to this program. The aircraft had been fully serviced and was fit to fly.”

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