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Beyond Dexter the Peacock

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When United Airlines barred a woman from bringing “Dexter the emotional support peacock” on a flight from Newark to Los Angeles earlier this year, the story made national news and went viral on social media. It is easy to...more

Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Denies Petition Seeking Review of FAA Airworthiness Directive

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The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) decision to publish an airworthiness directive ordering the removal of certain cylinder assemblies used in piston...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Airline's Enforcement of Terms Regarding Nonrefundable Tickets

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In Martin v. United Airlines, Inc., __ Fed. App'x __, 2018 WL 992289 (10th Cir. Feb. 21, 2018), Oklahoma residents brought a putative class action asserting various breach of contract theories against the airline arising from...more

FAA Plans to Bring LAANC to 500 More Airports by Next Month

On March 6, 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the nationwide expansion of its Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) to 500 more airports, and include 300 air traffic control...more

Flying with Your Data – ACLU sues the TSA Over Domestic Electronic Device Searches

If you’ve flown domestically in the last year, you know the drill. Take off your jacket, belt, and shoes and place them in a bin. Remove your quart-sized bag of 3.4 oz liquids and place them on top. Pull out your laptop,...more

Wheels Up for Blockchain Technology in Aviation?

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Many of us know something about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Perhaps fewer of us are familiar with the underlying digital technology for these cryptocurrencies — known as blockchain. ...more

Summary of Congressional Hearing: “The State of Aviation Safety” Part II

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In Part I of this post, we summarized the statements of Subcommittee Chairman LoBiondo and FAA and NASA witnesses at the February 27 hearing on “The State of Aviation Safety” conducted by the Subcommittee on Aviation of the...more

Aviation Happenings - Spring 2018 - Part A

...California District Court Dismisses Suit Against Airbus and Rolls Royce on Forum Non Conveniens Grounds - On December 11, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted defendants Airbus S.A.S....more

The State of Aviation Safety and Congress: Part I

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The Subcommittee on Aviation of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a February 27 hearing on the safety of the National Airspace System (NAS), including progress made...more

Close Calls with Drones Increasing Dramatically

Aviation regulators, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States, and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, have been investigating a flurry of close calls between consumer drones and manned aircraft,...more

Charleston Helicopter Crash: Possibly 1st Aviation Accident Caused by a Drone

Federal investigators are investigating a helicopter crash that occurred on Daniel Island (near Charleston, South Carolina) that may have been caused by a drone. The helicopter pilot reported to investigators that he crashed...more

[Webinar] Social Media and the Aviation Industry: Moving at the Speed of Light: March 7, 1:00pm ET

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In this unique webinar, part of LeClairRyan’s Aviation Symposium Webinar Series, the national law firm’s aviation team will focus on the risks, reward, upsides and downsides of social media and how it is affecting the...more

#Goodjobs and #Airportfails: U.S. Airports are Getting Their Wings on Smart Use of Social Media

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When the power failed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport this past December, the response by the world’s busiest airport included a relatively new tactic for airports — talking about it on Twitter....more

2017: The Year of Much Ado…But Nothing!

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In terms of major UAS rulemaking efforts, 2017 could best be described as “the year that wasn’t”. While the FAA had big plans to push forward the new rules for flight over people and finalize the Interpretation of the...more

President Trump Continues to Make Unmanned Aircraft Systems a Priority

The President’s fiscal 2019 (FY19) budget proposal was outlined yesterday, and it shows a willingness to invest in the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones into the National Airspace System, to the...more

Africa Focus: Spring 2018: Storm clouds or clearer skies for African airlines?

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Competition with international carriers is tight, but opportunities exist for African airlines to grow market share. African airlines are in a steep decline. Their market share has fallen by approximately 40 percent over...more

India Kickstarts New Year with Significant Changes to FDI Regime

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The recent amendments to India’s foreign direct investment (FDI) rules allow foreign airlines to invest up to 49% in Air India, adding new wings for the nation’s flag carrier that has been wholly owned by the government. The...more

Transportation Developments in Year 1 of the Trump Administration - President Touts New $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan; A...

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In January 2017, Holland & Knight Transportation & Infrastructure lawyers and senior advisors prepared 20 posts for the 20 days leading to President Donald Trump's inauguration regarding what to expect from the Trump...more

Border Patrol Continues to Test Drone Use

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While legislative wrangling over construction of a border wall continues, unmanned aerial vehicles are a growing part of the nation’s defense strategy. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has implemented the Predator-B...more

Aviation Law News Alert: What We Can Learn From A Glider Who Flew Too Close To A Nuclear Power Plant

In the case of William Cox, personal representative for the estate of Robin Fleming, vs. Duke Energy, et. al. the Fourth Circuit recently addressed a glider pilot’s arrest for flying too close to a nuclear power plant, the...more

U.S. Court Favors Aircraft Financier in Non-Citizen Trust Case

District court case shines a light on the extent and limits of a lender’s duties in both structuring loan transactions and exercising remedies. Borrowers need to be mindful in structuring the tax and cross-border aspects...more

Privacy is None of the FAA’s Business

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While most people agree that unmanned aircraft raise unique privacy issues, the question remains who is in the best position to deal with those concerns. The FAA has repeatedly indicated that it does not have the resources,...more

Protecting Your Business—Drones and Liability

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) are getting better (and cheaper) each day, which means that more and more businesses will be using drones to carry out everyday tasks. However, with respect to compliance and...more

NTSB Reauthorization Proposal- Part II

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In Part I of this post, we described various provisions in S. 2202, the National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization Act, as reported by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on December...more

Australia's ACCC Alarmed at Increasing Issues Arising from Consumer Guarantees

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The Situation: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") has identified a 39 percent increase in consumer guarantee reports in 2017 as compared with 2016, from 21,000 to 29,000. Looking Ahead: The ACCC...more

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