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The D.C. Court of Appeals Just Scrapped the Drone Registry and May Have Also Turned Homeowners Insurers into Aviation Insurers

Model-aircraft hobbyist John Taylor didn’t want to register his model aircraft with the FAA pursuant to the newly created drone registry. So he took on the FAA, challenging new regulations aimed at unmanned aircraft...more

New EASA Consultation: Are Drone Pilots Heading for a Period of Regulatory Turbulence?

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 May 2017 the European Aviation Safety Agency (“EASA“) opened a consultation into sweeping new regulations on the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS” or drones) in European airspace. Individuals and companies...more

Canberra Needs Strong Plan to Make Airport Fly

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Federal Government announced in a recent press release by the Prime Minister that it will "build" the new Western Sydney Airport. This week's Federal Budget confirmed $5.3 billion in funding for the airport. That term...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - May 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the FAA’s regulatory reform review, the FAA’s and PHMSA’s increases in civil penalty amounts, recent amendments of hazardous materials regulations, the...more

FAA Releases Airport Facility Maps for Safer Drone Operations

As we discussed in our previous post, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published over 200 airport facility maps last week to aid drone operators in safer operation and streamline the authorization process for...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Italy’s Alitalia has filed for bankruptcy yet again, the third filing in less than a decade, and it’s home country looks far less likely to bail out the troubled carrier this time around....more

TSA Aims For More Customer Satisfaction With Expedited Process, Interactive Social Media, App

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Transportation Security Administration has expanded its Pre? program to 11 new airlines for a total of 30 participating airlines. This expedited process enables trusted travelers to be screened without removing shoes,...more

Digital transformation in the aviation sector

by DLA Piper on

In the aviation sector today, an effective digital strategy is critical for long-term success. The role of digital technology has changed from being a source of marginal efficiency gains to becoming the foundation for...more

Congress Should Resist Legislating in Reaction to United Airlines’ Recent Passenger Bumping Incident

by Cozen O'Connor on

The recent forced removal of a United Airlines passenger by airport security officers from a flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to make room for the airline’s employees has prompted calls in Congress for...more

United Airlines: Principle Over People & Profits…Was It Worth It?

by Nancy Myrland on

You have to think twice. No, you have to think more than twice. You have to think before, during and after a crisis to make sure your response is calm, measured, sympathetic, accurate, and correct. Unless you’ve been...more

Termination of a Third-Party – Planning Can Reduce the Pain

by Thomas Fox on

The European concern Airbus has been in the news recently for corruption issues. According to an article in the Financial Times (FT), entitled “Airbus sued by middlemen fired following fraud inquiry”, its annual report lists...more

United’s Crisis Mismanagement and Corporate Culture

by Michael Volkov on

We were all aghast at the spectacle on the United Airlines last week when a customer was dragged off a plane when he refused to give up his seat because of an overbooking. No one can underestimate the power of real-time video...more

The Answers to Some of Your Questions About What Airlines Can Do When a Flight is Overbooked and Someone Is Going to Have to Get...

Suddenly, the entire world is interested in learning about the laws governing airlines’ actions when a flight is overbooked. It isn’t every day that the entire world suddenly wants to learn all about something that you’ve...more

United Airlines Fiasco – Service Recovery Matters

by Timothy Corcoran on

I’m a million-miler (now almost 2 million) and lifetime elite flier of United Airlines, though much of that was accrued on pre-merger Continental Airlines. I fly every week and rarely get thrown by travel hassles, and I’ve...more

Are there any friendly skies out there? — Man dragged down the aisle

Do you remember the good ol’ days of flying when there was a semblance of regulation over the airline industry? Customer service back then was a reality. Seating space fit for humans actually existed on planes. There...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April, 2017

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: 'Downright Creepy': Internet Entrepreneurs Weigh in on Repeal of Internet Privacy Rules - Big Brother, big data and big worries about the repeal of...more

DOE Publishes Report On Alternative Aviation Fuels

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of the report on the current state of alternative aviation fuels that was developed using findings from...more

Washington Court Finds Port District Liable for Worker’s Severe Injuries at Airport and Rejects Federal Aviation Preemption...

by Lane Powell PC on

The Washington Court of Appeals recently affirmed a $40 million verdict in favor of a worker seriously injured at SeaTac International Airport while performing ground services for a contractor on the airplane ramp. The...more

Delta Airlines Wins Shipping Ban of Big Five Trophies Appellate Court Holds No Private Cause of Action

Last June, Judge Barbara Lynn of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of hunting and conservation organizations. Conservation Force v. Delta Air Lines, Inc.,...more

Seven important facts about commercial drones in South Africa

by Dentons on

South Africa is one of the few countries in the world that has passed laws regulating the operation of drones in the civil aviation airspace. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of South Africa now regulates the use of...more

Brexit and the aviation industry: Up in the air?

by Dentons on

The aviation sector is crucial to the UK economy. The UK government has said it wants to work with industry to ensure the sector remains “prosperous and open for business” post-Brexit. It seems likely that there will be some...more

Man Convicted of “Reckless Endangerment” in Drone Accident; Civil Suit Likely to Follow

by Cozen O'Connor on

On February 24, 2017, a Washington judge sentenced Paul M. Skinner to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for “reckless endangerment” arising from the use of a personal drone. Skinner lost control of the two-pound drone during...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

News emerged in past weeks that North Korean hackers were likely behind the theft of $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh. You can add to that an attack on more than 20 Polish banks and an attempt at other...more

Google, NASA, Planes and a Stronger Legal Team

by Zelle LLP on

As Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 approached Miami International Airport on Dec. 29, 1972, its pilots extended the landing gear. Two green lights lit up in the cockpit, indicating the left and right landing gear had extended. A...more

City Slickers and Airplane Litigation: Fight or Flight: Theobald v. Piper Aircraft, Inc.

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Sometimes venue challenges are successful. Sometimes the convenience of the lawyers is not the standard for judging the proper venue for a lawsuit. In Theobald v. Piper Aircraft, Inc., 208 So.3d 287 (Fl. 2016), Florida’s...more

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