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Aviation in Nigeria set to fly high

by Hogan Lovells on

On 11 September 2017, the President Buhari-led government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, announced plans to grant operating concessions over four of the ten international airports in Nigeria – the Murtala Mohammed...more

New Drone Provisions Enacted Through National Defense Legislation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Dec. 12, 2017, President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA), authorizing appropriations for various military and national defense programs. The NDAA also contained two...more

Aviations Happenings - Winter 2017

In this issue - 3D Printing: Not Your Old Dot Matrix Printer! - • District Court Again Upholds $2.8 Million Verdict Against Engine Manufacturer in Plane Crash Litigation - • Nebraska Supreme Court Upholds Defense...more

‘Tis the season for drones- so learn the rules of the sky

by LeClairRyan on

Predictions about the number of drones that will be given as gifts this holiday season have “taken off.” According to the Consumer Technology Association, Americans will buy about 1.6 million drones over the holidays, nearly...more

DOT to Test Safety-Sensitive Transportation Workers for Additional Opioids - Employers May Need to Update Drug Testing Policies as...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Safety-sensitive transportation workers in the aviation, trucking, rail, transit and pipeline industries, as well as certain U.S. Coast Guard employees, are required to submit to random drug testing under federal law....more

The 2018 Aviation Symposium… “An Airplane Is Down!”

by LeClairRyan on

First Responders, Family Assistance, Emergency Response and More The Aviation Symposium is a unique event. In this era of unprecedented aviation risk, it is imperative that all sectors of the industry maintain the highest...more

Blockchain & Transportation: Home Run or Hype?

by Benesch on

Technology has increasingly served a critical—and sometimes transformational—role for providers and commercial users of transportation and logistics services. Automation, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, mobile...more

Federal Pre-emption and Aircraft Certification: You Have to Read This Opinion!!

by LeClairRyan on

Originally posted August 11, 2017 - Today, we turn our attention to the latest chapter in a long saga concerning the scope of federal preemption over product liability claims made against manufacturers of certificated...more

UAS: Preemption Means Preemption!!

by LeClairRyan on

State and local governments have not been shy about attempting to regulate almost every aspect of drone operations. Some of these efforts have been completely appropriate and aimed at areas subject to local control, such as...more

Trump Announces Drone Integration Pilot Program

by Snell & Wilmer on

On October 25, President Trump issued a memorandum directing Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao to launch an initiative to safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local...more

Department of Transportation Forms Pilot Program to Integrate UAS into National Airspace

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Department of Transportation (DOT), in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration, has announced details of the UAS Integration Pilot Program, a new program focused on developing and advancing new technologies,...more

Attention All 134.5 Operators, Your FAA Inspector Is Coming

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

We don’t have a crystal ball but it doesn’t take magic to recognize the warning signs to operators conducting illegal charter flights. For those who aren’t familiar, Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (“FARs”)...more

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

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses new restrictions on Cuba travel, DOT’s Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program, new DOT drug testing requirements for safety-sensitive...more

Aircraft Sales and Proposed Tax Legislation: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Eliminates Like-Kind Aircraft Exchange

by Lane Powell PC on

On November 16, 2017, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This bill would be a major overhaul of the current tax regime, making significant changes. The Senate is considering its own tax...more

Administration’s Drone Pilot Program to Spur Innovative Drone Use

by Jones Day on

To promote the integration of drone technology, the White House’s three-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program partners the federal government with state, local, and tribal governments in the development,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The latest on the economic woes on Venezuela, including the status of the country’s bonds and the foreign investors that they’ve attracted (and who are now selling)....more

Underground Storage Tanks/Airport Hydrant Systems: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Addresses Question Regarding Aviation Fuel...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) periodically updates a “Compendium” which addresses revisions to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Subtitle I, Underground Storage Tank (“UST”)...more

Department of Transportation Forms Pilot Program to Integrate UAS into National Airspace

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In direct response to a Presidential Memorandum issued on October 25, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT), in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), announced details of a new pilot program...more

In January, Will You be Able to Board Your Domestic Flight with Your Current Driver’s License?

In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act, enacting national standards for obtaining state driver’s licenses and I.D. cards. These federally mandated standards require states to use enhanced security features and...more

Employment News - November 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly newsletter on employment matters. In this weeks issue: - Open to non-members – rejection of job application because of previous union activities was unlawful. - Stevenson/Farmer review into mental health in...more

Drone Integration Pilot Program Launches with Aggressive Timeline

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have already launched a three-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program announced in the Presidential Memorandum released...more

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update - Recent White House and Federal Court Action Impacting Future UAS Regulations

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The White House issued a Presidential Memorandum last week directing the Secretary of Transportation to establish an Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration Pilot Program to promote the safe operation of UAS, or drones, in...more

Kobe Steel Group Admits to “Improper Conduct” and Non-Conforming Products

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

A global leading supplier of aluminum, copper, and steel, Kobe Steel, Ltd. and its group of companies, has admitted to falsifying data about the quality of its products. According to the company, inspection certificates...more

FAA Seeking to Quicken UAS Airspace Authorization Process

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently published notice in the Federal Register seeking permission to quicken authorizations for Part 107 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations in restricted areas. The FAA...more

White House Orders DOT to Establish a UAS Integration Pilot Program

This week, the White House issued an anticipated Memorandum directing the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (the “Pilot”). The Memorandum suggests a...more

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