As the holidays approach, our thoughts (or more likely the thoughts of our college-age children on winter break) may turn to exploring the far-flung corners of the world. As your family plans its travel, you would be wise to make a list and check it twice—against the European Union list of banned carriers and the FAA list of nations which fail to meet the international safety standards of aviation. Checking these two lists may be the most important thing you do before you travel.
Okay, let’s face it, drones are fun. That is why perhaps more than a million Americans are expected to receive or buy a drone this holiday season. They can be purchased for as little as $50 for adults and kids alike, but they were not built in Santa’s workshop so it is important to remember that drones flown above 400 feet are not toys but aircraft.