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Planes, Trains and ...... Spacecraft?

At one time only a select few people had the privilege of going into space. It required extensive training and you had to be either an astronaut or a cosmonaut. In the years following that, the Russian Government sought to...more

Real OFAC Policy Changes Toward Iran—OFAC will consider non Ag/Med exports

As a new round of nuclear talks involving American, European, and Iranian leaders commence this week in Vienna it appears that the first-step deal agreed upon in January has already led to significant changes in OFAC’ s...more

Aircraft Transaction Basics - A Business Development Opportunity

This paper will describe the basics of aircraft transactions, including aircraft sale, purchase and ownership issues and how current aviation practitioners can expand their practice area to include aircraft transactions, pull...more

India’s Aviation Safety Rating Downgrade Could Have Cascading Effects

On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded India’s aviation safety rating to Category 2 under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program – a program designed to...more

How To Navigate London's Aviation Insurance Claims Process

Maintaining appropriate insurance is critical for the entire aviation industry. Many US-based airlines, aircraft owners/financiers, and aircraft lease servicers devote significant resources at the front end, setting up their...more

Foreign Air Carriers Must Adhere to a “Family Assistance Plan” in the Event of an Accident on American Soil Resulting in Major...

Following the July 6, 2013, crash of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to assist passengers’ families in accordance with the Foreign Air...more

Common Policyholder Pitfalls When Navigating London Aviation Insurance Claims

Maintaining appropriate insurance is critical for the entire aviation industry. Many US-based airlines, aircraft owners/financiers, and aircraft lease servicers devote significant resources at the front end setting up their...more

Airline Management Newsletter - February 2014

Ninth Circuit Upholds Strike Injunction Against Non-Union Employees - Executive Summary: The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the decision of a federal trial court, which granted a strike injunction against...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Airline Entitled to ATSA Immunity in Pilot Defamation Case

In Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that immunity may not be denied under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) to substantially true statements. According to the Court,...more

FAA Selects Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Sites; Regulatory Questions Remain

FAA Action - On December 30, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it has selected six public entities to serve as research and testing sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In selecting the...more

Preparing for NTSB Investigative Interviews

Those who face investigative interviews before the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) should be fully aware of the applicable rules and regulations. Key topics relating to NTSB investigative interviews include...more

Aviation Emissions: The ICAO outcome and its impact on the EU aviation emissions trading scheme

Synopsis - As the EU Parliament prepares to vote on the latest proposals to amend the Aviation ETS, this client alert examines the proposals in the context of the developments at the ICAO Assembly held in October...more

Planes, trains and Over-the-Counter pills

This Reed Smith client alert looks at the recent amendments to the Human Medicines Regulations 2012, which came into force in November 2013....more

More Compliance Lessons From The Asiana/SFO Crash Investigation

I have long been interested in the intersection in the changes in attitude regarding safety in the workplace by corporations and the changing attitudes on doing business through bribery and corruption. As a trial lawyer...more

Developments in EU Transport Law - December 2013

Air - European Commission updates the European safety list of banned airlines - The European Commission has updated for the 22nd time the European list of air lines subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions...more

Air Carrier Access Act: Department of Transportation Finalizes New Rules Governing Accessibility of Airline Web Sites and Kiosks

As part of its continuing implementation of the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986, 49 U.S.C. 41705, the United States Department of Transportation ("DOT") recently issued a series of final rules (the "Rules") geared to improve...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-22 -- Nov 22, 2013

In This Issue: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

FAA Issues Roadmap for Unmanned Aerial Systems

On November 7, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued long awaited plans for integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), also commonly...more

Aviation: European Commission proposes to amend the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (“ETS”) to limit its applicability to the European...

The European Commission has recently modified its proposed roll-out of a cap-and-trade scheme affecting international aviation. On 16 October 2013, the European Commission introduced a proposal for a Directive amending...more

New Miami In The News: Weekly Recap

This week, David Beckham, Art Basel, MIA and a Global Diversity Summit all made headlines. David Beckham chooses Miami to build his soccer empire - According to reports, the international soccer icon’s MLS...more

Will the EU ETS Aviation Emissions Directive be Grounded?

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) emerged on 4 October 2013 from its much-anticipated 38th General Assembly meetings in Montreal with what looks like a consensus on the use of market based mechanisms (MBM)...more

Commercial Negotiations For Airport Services In The UK Spark A Reconsideration Of Airport Market Power: How Does Australia...

INTRODUCTION - In our August article on recent developments in airport regulation, we considered the United Kingdom (UK) Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) path to economic licencing of airports. To recap, the path is...more

Export Control Reform Regulations to Become Effective October 15

As described in our April 25, 2013 International Trade & Compliance Advisory, the U.S. government is engaged in a broad export control reform initiative. On October 15, 2013, the first regulatory amendments implementing...more

High Flying Merger Meets Justice Department Impasse

As business law attorneys, we help our clients acquire, consolidate and merge their commercial interests. Sometimes attractive merger strategies run afoul of regulatory strategies, as in the recent matter of the proposed...more

Recent Rulings Find Preemption of State Law Claims and Enforce Airline Contracts of Carriage

In the past few months, courts have issued several decisions favorable to the airlines finding preemption of various state law claims and rejecting breach of contract claims. The decisions address a variety of passenger...more

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