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

The Plane-ly Spoken Podcast will provide you with our frank and uncensored views on the issues of the day, interviews with newsmakers, and top-notch analysis.  Launching the first installment of a podcast series, Mark Dombroff and Mark McKinnon discuss the recently released Federal Aviation Administration draft of the new rule for remote identification of unmanned aircraft, which provides the industry with a comprehensive roadmap for the full implementation of the Remote ID system.… Read More

After an 18-month delay, the FAA released a draft of the new rule for remote identification of unmanned aircraft, providing the industry with a comprehensive roadmap for the full implementation of the Remote ID system.

Fortunately, you don’t have to wade through the 300-page draft because the Fox Rothschild Aviation team has done that for you!

Join Fox Rothschild’s Aviation Practice Group for a complimentary 90-minute webinar on the Remote ID Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

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The manned and unmanned aviation communities do not see eye-to-eye on any number of issues.  Each side has a vision of how unmanned aircraft fit into the National Airspace System, and each side continually engages with the FAA to push that vision.  While the FAA’s attempt to balance these competing views often leaves one or both sides disappointed, one thing that both sides agree on is that these decisions should be left to the FAA.… Read More

For those of you who may have missed the live presentation of the latest Aviation Webinar Series, “Flying for the Feds: USTRANSCOM, CRAF, CARB, DBA and the Rest of the Alphabet,” you can view the entire presentation by clicking on the links below.

The slide deck from the webinar is available here. The webinar recording is available here.

Check back here for updates on the next webinar: “Trains, Highways, Boats and Pipelines: Dos and Don’ts for Non-Aviation NTSB Accident Investigations,” scheduled for January 9, 2020!… Read More

It’s a question asked by kids (and backseat drivers) everywhere. In the case of the remote identification of drones, the driver is the FAA, and the Congress, as always, is in the back seat.

Congress has the authority to set priorities for administrative agencies. In addition to wheedling and cajoling agency Administrators and Secretaries when they testify before Congress, they can pass laws requiring the agency to act by a fixed deadline.… Read More

In a recent post, we discussed the Safe Landings Act (H.R. 4166), pending legislation introduced in August of this year. In this post, we discuss another piece of pending legislation – the Safe and Quiet Skies Act of 2019.

The Safe and Quiet Skies Act of 2019 (H.R. 4547) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on September 27, 2019, by Representative Ed Case of Hawaii’s First Congressional District (located entirely on the Island of Oahu, including the City and County of Honolulu).… Read More

With the enactment of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 in October of last year, Congress, to a large extent, has taken a breather from introducing aviation legislation.  Two recent bills, however, address key aviation safety issues and merit examination – the Safe Landings Act and the Safe and Quiet Skies Act of 2019.  We discuss the Safe Landings Act in this post and will address the Safe and Quiet Skies Act of 2019 in a following post.… Read More