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HTMLFlying is a No-Rights Zone: Supreme Court of Canada Dismisses Language Rights Claim
Ranjan K. Agarwal, Faiz M. Lalani; Bennett Jones LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2015, previously published on November 3, 2014
Plaintiffs cannot bring a claim for damages for a breach of fundamental rights against an airline if that breach arose in the course of international travel. Simply put, international flying is a “no-rights zone” between embarkation and debarkation.


Adobe PDFNTSB Overturns Administrative Law Judge Decision and Holds That Federal Aviation Regulation 91.13 (Careless or Reckless Operation) Applies to Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Barry S. Alexander; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 12, 2015, previously published on December 2014
The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) is feverishly working on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) governing commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which it intends to have ready by the end of 2014. Details about the NPRM have begun to spread, including the FAA’s apparent...


HTMLBuying Or Selling An Aircraft? Begin Your Planning Well Before You Land The Deal
James D. Wegner; McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO;
Legal Alert/Article
December 23, 2014, previously published on Fourth Quarter 2014
We received a frantic call from an aircraft buyer who had recently taken delivery of a beautiful plane. The buyer had been careful to follow the Internet “advice” he found that suggested he could avoid paying sales tax by taking delivery of his aircraft in a state that had no sales tax....


HTMLFAA Lifts Age Restrictions for Airline Pilot Crew Pairings on International Flights
Erik M. Dullea; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2014, previously published on November 24, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced it will no longer enforce its requirement that airline pilots aged 60 and over, who are the pilot in command on international flights operated by scheduled air carriers (commercial airlines), be paired with a co-pilot under age 60. Pilot Age...


HTMLAdministrator v. Pirker: NTSB Holds that Existing Regulations Can Apply to Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones)
Jeffrey J. Immel, Rebecca MacPherson, Jameson C. Rohrer, Devin A. Winklosky; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2014, previously published on December 2014
On November 18, 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board ("NTSB") issued its long-awaited decision in Administrator v. Pirker. The NTSB reversed the holding of the Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") and found that 14 C.F.R. § 91.13(a), which forbids careless or reckless...


HTMLA Win for the FAA, Status Quo for the UAS Industry
Amanda E. Tummons; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 8, 2014, previously published on November 20, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration posted a win this week when the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its decision reversing and remanding the decisional order issued by an administrative law judge (ALJ) in the case of Michael Huerta, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration...


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...


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...


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