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Adobe PDFPension protection fund changes following Olympic Airlines case
Beth Brown, Ronan McNabb; Mayer Brown International LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 2014
The regulatory amendments drawn up by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions following the outcome in Trustees of Olympic Airlines SA Pension & Life Assurance Scheme v Olympic Airlines SA have been drafted narrowly and may end up protecting no one other than the beneficiaries of the...

 

HTMLDefendants Win Summary Judgment In Australian Plane Crash Case In Illinois Federal Court
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014
The estate administrators of victims of an Australia plane crash sued three companies in the United States alleging that the pilots’ navigational charts and the plane’s ground proximity warning system (“GPWS”) caused the crash. In granting the defendants’ motion for...

 

HTMLUnmanned Aircraft Systems Regulatory Update: Federal Audit Outlines Significant Obstacles to the Safe Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System
Charles D. "Chip" Nottingham; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 8, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014
Congress received a comprehensive audit report this week focused on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) progress integrating Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). The audit report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Office of...

 

Adobe PDFPart Two: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) - Aka Drones Legal Issues: Where Are We Headed?
Elaine D. Solomon; Blank Rome LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 2014
There have been almost daily news stories about the advent of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs”), also referred to as “drones,” and how commercial usage is expected to explode over the next several years. There have been reports of UAVs being used to deliver everything from...

 

HTMLFAA Announces First Approval of Commercial Use of UAV, UAS or “Drone” Over Land: The Largest U.S. Oilfield, Located in Alaska, to be Monitored
Matthew R. Grant; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 10, 2014
Earlier today, the FAA issued a press release announcing that it had granted approval “for energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE for aerial surveys in Alaska—the first time the FAA has authorized a commercial...

 

Adobe PDFPart One: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) - Aka Drones Usages And Regulation: Where Are We Headed?
Elaine D. Solomon; Blank Rome LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 2014
The ever-quickening pace of technological innovation creates serious obstacles for legal, legislative, and regulatory regimes that are notoriously slow to adapt. One of the newest arenas in which this struggle is playing out is that of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs”), also referred to...

 

HTMLPart Three: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) - Aka Drones Insurance Issues: Where Are We Headed?
Elaine D. Solomon; Blank Rome LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 2014
Although the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs”) is not new, as commercial usage explodes over the next several years, unique insurance issues will arise. How will underwriters handle this topic when risks are largely unknown? What insurance will be required for each type of entity...

 

Adobe PDFPennsylvania Superior Court Reverses Forum Non Conveniens Dismissal of International Air Crash Case, But Don’t Equate Pennsylvania with Cook County, Illinois (Just Yet)
Barry S. Alexander, J. Denny Shupe; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 25, 2014, previously published on June 2014
United States courts facing forum non conveniens (FNC) motions, at least with respect to lawsuits arising out of air crashes that occur outside of the United States, seem to fall into two distinct camps: Cook County, Illinois, where FNC motions very often are said to go to die, and the rest of the...

 

HTMLUSA Today Report Critical of NTSB Investigations of Small Plane and Helicopter Crashes
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014
A USA Today report published this week attributes “shortcomings” in NTSB investigations of private plane and helicopter crashes with compounding the number of deaths in general aviation incidents (reportedly nearly 45,000 since 1964 and roughly nine times greater than the number of...

 

HTMLSupreme Court of Virginia Reverses Verdict for Autopilot Manufacturer and Remands Case
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 13, 2014, previously published on June 6, 2014
The Supreme Court of Virginia reversed a judgment in favor of an autopilot system manufacturer in a case involving consolidated wrongful death actions arising from a small airplane crash. In the court’s opinion that was released yesterday, the court concluded that an accident investigation...

 


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