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HTMLThe Skies Are Still Friendly, Despite Virgin Galactic Crash
Eric J. Sinrod; Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 17, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014
First, we took to the air by hot air balloon. Next, we went even higher via ever-developing aircraft. Astronauts then made their way into outer space and even to the moon.


HTMLRLA System Board Rules That Cessation of Operations as an Air Carrier Resulted in Termination of the CBA
Lilia R. Bell; Ford & Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 31, 2014, previously published on October 24, 2014
Executive Summary: In a recent decision, an RLA System Board of Adjustment has ruled that unilateral termination of a pilot retiree health insurance plan was permissible because the underlying CBA had terminated.


HTMLFAA Approves Commercial Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems; Provides Guidance for Accelerated Use
Thomas L. Gemmell; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014
In a historic decision, the FAA for the first time last month approved the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) through petitions for exemption under the Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (“Special Rules for Certain Unmanned Aircraft Systems”). The...


HTMLPilot Denied New Trial In New Hampshire Helicopter Crash Case
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 9, 2014
The pilot of a helicopter that had to conduct an emergency landing brought a suit against the manufacturers of the helicopter, the engine, and the electronic control unit (“ECU”) for defective design. The U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire issued an 80-page opinion...


HTMLLegal Update: Commercial Use of Drones Currently Prohibited for Most Industries...But Not Hollywood
Daniel P. McInerny; Bose McKinney & Evans LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 15, 2014, previously published on September 26, 2014
Several clients have contacted us requesting assistance in obtaining a permit to fly airborne drones for commercial use in their operations. Such aircraft are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and are referred to by the FAA as Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or UAS. “Model...


HTMLFirst Circuit Favors Broad Application of Analogue to Airline Deregulation Act Preemption Provision
Elizabeth Dougherty; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 10, 2014, previously published on October 7, 2014
On September 30, 2014, in Massachusetts Delivery Association v. Coakley, No. 13-2307 (September 30, 2014), the First Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s refusal to preempt a Massachusetts independent contractor law under the express preemption provision of the Federal Aviation...


HTMLFAA Approves Commercial UAS for Movie and Television Production
Thomas L. Gemmell; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 8, 2014, previously published on September 25, 2014
In a historic decision, the FAA today approved the request of six aerial photo and video production companies to use unmanned aircraft systems to support their filming operations. In its decision, announced this afternoon, the FAA addressed certain rules and requirements from which the companies...


HTMLTransportation in Focus
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 3, 2014, previously published on September 26, 2014
This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it was permitting the use of drones for filming movies under certain circumstances. This is changed from the FAA's largely de facto ban on the use of drones for commercial purposes. Since 2012, the FAA had only approved two permits...


HTMLFAA Grants Film Industry Exemptions for Use of Commercial UAS: Time for Other Industries to Follow Suit
Holland Hart LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 2, 2014, previously published on September 30, 2014
Since the first requests for exemptions were filed in late May 2014, the commercial unmanned aircraft system (“UAS,” commonly known as “drones”) community has been wondering how long it would take the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) to act, and how the...


HTMLNational Transportation Safety Board Procedures to Change: Comments Due by October 14, 2014
Thomas W. Tobin; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 2, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014
If you have participated in the investigation of a major transportation calamity, you are likely familiar with the bold yellow lettering on the blue jackets of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators. These are the folks charged with determining the probable cause of many...


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