The aviation industry, like the rest of America, is gearing up for the reopening of America for business.  As we do so, it is important to keep on top of the latest recommended “best practices” necessary to keep the COVID-19 virus from rebounding.  Unfortunately, finding these resources can sometimes be difficult.

We at Plane-ly Spoken are here to help.  The following is our collection of links, arranged by topic and government agency, of aviation industry related COVID-19 guidance.… Read More

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020  |  1 pm ET  |  10 am PT

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on aviation companies in many ways. Although layoffs, furloughs, pay reductions or other measures are unavoidable, such actions carry risk because the extensive safety regulations governing the industry present fertile ground for whistleblower claims. Now more than ever, it is imperative that employers know how to navigate the minefield of state and federal whistleblower protection laws and protect themselves from expensive-to-defend and potentially large-dollar-liability retaliation lawsuits.

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On March 16, 2020, the White House declared a national emergency, retroactive to March 1, 2020.  The resultant “shutdown” of our county has impacted every phase of life in America, with the aviation industry among the hardest hit.

It is not just private industry that is affected.  Both the FAA and the NTSB are also under “stay at home” orders. What this means, at least relative to the NTSB, is that accidents which have occurred during this period of shutdown have generally not involved a field investigation. … Read More

On February 5, 2020, the Department of Transportation (DOT) opened the public comment period for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Regarding Traveling by Air with Service Animals.  That comment period officially closed this week, with the proposed rule garnering over 14,000 comments.

While the comment period was open for 60 days, an unusually long period of time for a rulemaking such as this, it did not stop several groups from asking for an extension. … Read More

Each NTSB investigation poses unique problems for the parties involved.  Like a key entering a lock, each move a company makes needs to be just the right fit.  Nevertheless, in our collective 100+ years of experience guiding companies through the investigation process, we have found the list below to encompass the master keys.  They are, quite simply, the “Do’s and Don’ts.”.… Read More

For those of you who may have missed the live presentation of the latest Aviation Webinar Series, “The COVID-19 Bailout Legislation and the Aviation Industry,” you can view the entire presentation by clicking on the link below.

The webinar recording is available HERE

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The Department of Treasury is acting with uncharacteristic swiftness in the wake of the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  On March 30, 2019, the Department released its preliminary guidance on how eligible aviation businesses can receive loans pursuant to Subpart A of the Act, and how air carriers can obtain payroll relief pursuant to Subpart B of the Act. … Read More

FREE WEBINAR – 2 PM, THURSDAY, APRIL 2

President Trump has signed a record-breaking $2 trillion stimulus and aid package to help combat the COVID-19 epidemic.  As expected, there is a lot of money in the bill for aviation, including loan guarantees and payroll assistance for passenger and cargo carriers.

There is also good news for other aviation related businesses.  The bill extends relief to contractors and service providers of airlines, such as caterers and baggage handlers, as well businesses that perform inspection, repair, replace, or overhaul services on aircraft. … Read More

Today’s new normal is that nothing will be normal.  It seems that each day we are greeted with yet another federal, state, or local order restricting activity.  These have ranged from travel advisories, to local bar and restaurant closures, to the statewide closing of all non-essential businesses.

What all of these shut-down orders have in common, however, is that there is little or no lead time between the issuance of the order and when it goes into effect.… Read More