One of the most controversial developments in air travel is the proliferation of service and support animals. While history proves that dogs can perform extremely valuable services to disabled people, the value of support peacocks, goldfish, and bearded dragons are more questionable. As a result, the Department of Transportation is finally taking a hard look at the rules surrounding support animals.… Read More
Limits on air carrier liability for international accidents has been with us since the adoption of the Warsaw Convention in 1929. One of the flaws in the original Warsaw Convention of 1929 was that there was no regular mechanism to adjust the liability limits. Instead, liability limits had to be revised through the time consuming process of formally adopting additional protocols, such as the Hague Protocol of 1955.… Read More
On April 25, 2011, in response to a number of high profile incidents, the DOT published the “Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections” rule to put hard limits on what constitutes an acceptable tarmac delay for a loaded passenger plane. The rule required carriers to adopt contingency plans for such delays, and limit delays to three hours for domestic flights and four hours for international flights. … Read More
According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), “the size of the global space economy, which combines satellite services and ground equipment, government space budgets, and global navigation satellite services (GNSS) equipment, is estimated to be about $345B.” Interestingly, government space budgets only account for $83 billion, or a little under 25 percent of the total. A robust commercial space launch industry is necessary to keep up with increasing demand. … Read More
If you are in the aviation industry and operate internationally (airlines, charter operators), your product is used outside the United States, (OEMs, component manufacturers), or you have a presence outside the United States (MROs), you cannot afford to miss this webinar.… Read More
The Transportation App is now available! This unique app, for both IOS and Android operating systems, provides a wealth of information relevant to issues you may confront. … Read More
Now in its third week, the impact of the current partial federal government shutdown has been widely felt and reported. In addition to the impacts on federal employees subject to furlough (defined in Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regulations as “the placing of an employee in a temporary status without duties and pay because of lack of work or funds or other nondisciplinary reasons”), contractors, and their respective families, significant attention is also focused on federal employees, such as FAA air traffic controllers and TSA security screeners, who are not furloughed but continue to perform their duties in the absence of funding to pay their salaries.… Read More
Wow! The clock is ticking and The 2019 Aviation Symposium is rapidly approaching.
Our opening panel will focus upon accidents/incidents/events outside the United States. Nimbus Airlines will (in all likelihood), shortly before the Symposium, experience an issue somewhere in the world.
Our crystal ball tells us there will be serious injuries, possibly a fatality, a criminal investigation, language and cultural issues, time zone problems and more.… Read More
Since the enactment of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 (ADA), an issue that continues to receive close legal scrutiny is the extent to which states may regulate the activities of air ambulance services. This issue has been the subject of numerous federal and state court decisions, U.S. DOT legal opinions, state attorneys general opinions, and was also addressed in a broader U.S.… Read More