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ET had it right: Flying really is safer

Most of us have heard that most motor vehicle accidents occur close to home. The studies vary on the distance -- 1 mile, 10 miles, 50 miles -- but they all come to the same conclusion. Aside from being especially vigilant, there may be no way to change the results. Unless, of course, you choose never to go home again.

Do you see what I see? FAA regulations by 2015 may be a miracle

We have been discussing the increasing popularity and availability of unmanned aerial vehicles -- aka UAVs or drones -- and the Federal Aviation Administration's attempts to regulate their use. The FAA has been slow to develop regulations for UAVs, but, as we said in our Nov. 21 post, the agency should publish rules for smaller (<55 lbs.) commercial drones in the next few weeks. (The federal government does not regulate UAVs used for "hobby or recreational reasons.")

Federal probe shines light on Dreamliner defects

Two years ago, while parked at a gate at Logan International Airport in Boston, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner caught fire when its lithium-ion battery short circuited. Two weeks later, another battery fire aboard another Dreamliner grabbed national headlines, forcing Boeing to ground its entire fleet for four months and compelling the National Transportation Safety Board to look into the possible design defect.

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