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First in Flight, Tops in Tech, Ascendant in UAS: Drones and North Carolina

The next time you go for a long hike in a national forest with no cell phone service, you might want to take a drone with you so that you can send for help when you break your leg, dehydrate, and need help. ...more

FAA Lacks Authority to Ground Small UAVs Used for Commercial Purposes

A victory for a small commercial unmanned aerial vehicle operator demonstrates the Federal Aviation Administration’s struggle to keep pace with new technologies. On March 6, 2014, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) of...more

Decision Yesterday Deals Blow to FAA Prohibition on the Use of Commercial Drones

In a setback to the FAA's ban on the unlicensed use of commercial drones, a federal administrative law judge has ruled that the FAA could not fine a Virginia man who used a model aircraft to take photographs and film for...more

Safety Alerts and Other Recommendations in the Wake of Rail Accidents Involving Bakken Formation Crude Oil

Recent accidents involving rail cars transporting crude oil from the Bakken shale region have resulted in the heightened interest of rail industry regulators and other federal agencies, including the Pipeline and Hazardous...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

Worker Safety Under Review After UPS Plane Accident

Worker safety is under review after a serious UPS plane accident that occurred in Birmingham. The entire incident is under review, including the actions of the Alabama airport, air traffic controllers and UPS pilots. 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

Keep Your Hand On The Control

I am continually amazed at the seemingly disparate current events which provide tangible lessons for the compliance practitioner. In an article in the New York Times (NYT), entitled “Hearings on San Francisco Crash Set to...more

FMCSA Audit Could Create New Challenges for PI Attorneys

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may soon be facing an audit of its programs and oversight capabilities that could uncover some serious flaws in the agency’s regulation of the trucking industry. Since...more

Investigating the Cause of a UPS Cargo Plane Crash in Alabama

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently began its investigation of an explosive UPS cargo plane crash that killed the pilot and copilot, who were the plane’s only occupants. There were no distress calls made...more

Infrastructure Alert - October 16, 2013

The government shutdown has now entered its third week, and the debt limit has become a central part of negotiations. Many infrastructure programs have grinded to a halt, as inspections, environmental review and rule-making...more

NTSB Says Lower The Legal BAC, Lower Drunk Driving Fatalities

According to the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB), about 10,000 Americans die each year in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes. On top of that, about 173,000 more are injured and about 27,000 of those injuries are...more

The NTSB Recommends Lowering BAC To Address OVI Fatalities

The most commonly committed criminal offense in the United States is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Impaired driving is both an individual and community issue — a corporate executive is just as likely to...more

Fingers Point to Different Defendants in Asiana Airlines Plane Crash

David McMahon, who represents insurers in litigation resulting from natural disasters and product liability lawsuits against the airline and cruise industry, was interviewed for an Aug. 6, 2013, Claims Journal article,...more

Reaching Zero: Reducing Alcohol Related Deaths And Injury

Stiff legal penalties, public safety campaigns, interlock devices and roadside stops have worked to some extent in arresting the rate of alcohol-related injury. But it is not enough. Even one premature death resulting from...more

Driving Under The Influence — Lowering The Limit

Despite intense efforts to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road, driving while under the influence of alcohol causes many deaths and injuries across America each year....more

Asiana’s Crisis Response: Actions Don’t Speak For Themselves

Asiana’s public response to Saturday’s crash in San Francisco is raising more than a few eyebrows....more

Infrastructure Alert - June 6, 2013

Following the I-5 bridge collapse in Washington and the Baltimore train derailment, expect a medley of Congressional hearings, investigations and proposed legislation to address the shortcoming of the national infrastructure...more

Wilson Elser and NTSB General Counsel Co-Author Guide to NTSB Accident Investigations

In This Guide: - 1 Abstract - 1 The NTSB - 2 Initiation and Nature of NTSB Investigations - 3 On-Scene Organization - 3 NTSB Investigation Groups - 4 Parties to the Investigation - 5...more

Infrastructure Alert - March 13, 2013

Sequestration began on March 1, and federal agencies are still in the process of sending out furlough notifications and determining specific program cuts. The continuing resolution authorizing current federal spending will...more

How Does the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Help Families After Airplane Accidents?

The aftermath of an airplane accident involves action by numerous organizations, including the involved airline, federal, state and local agencies, and volunteer associations. In addition to ensuring that survivors receive...more

PHMSA Inspections to Focus on Integrity Management Program Evaluations

Effective immediately, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) inspections will emphasize the review of operator methods for integrity management (IM) program evaluations, the agency said in an Advisory...more

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