In Parts I & II of this article, we discussed current developments electric and hybrid-electric aircraft.    We touched on battery technology and even discussed transport category aircraft that I might be flying on when I finally retire….sadly in 2043, if I’m lucky.  In this third installment, we discuss the FAA Part 23 certification process and its application to electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, Amendment 64, and the certification challenges facing much of the eVTOL aircraft currently in development.… Read More

In Part I of this post, we discussed current developments in fixed-wing electric aircraft and the current state of aircraft battery technology, followed by current developments in transport category hybrid-electric aircraft.  Today, we switch to what might be the next evolution in aviation transportation – the all-electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, otherwise referred to as the eVTOL.

eVTOL AIRCRAFT

According to the Electric VTOL News website, there are currently 217 electric and hybrid-electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) concepts in various stages of development from the automotive, aviation, and the tech industries. … Read More

Richard Branson once said, “If you want to be a Millionaire, start with a billion dollars and launch a new airline.”  This is one of those sayings that falls into the category of, it’s funny because it’s true.  In fact, the saying applies equally to most new undertakings in aviation, including the design, certification, and manufacture of a new aircraft. In this three part series, we will be taking a look at one of the most ambitious initiatives in modern aviation, the electric aircraft and urban air mobility.… Read More

Jet Taking Off

On August 1 2019, we told our readers/followers that Plane-ly Spoken was coming in for a landing as the Aviation Team packed its luggage (and boxes) and re-located to a new airport.  Well, both the Aviation Team and Plane-ly Spoken have landed, taxied to the gate and unloaded our belongings.  And so, the Fox Rothschild Aviation Team welcomes you back on-board.… Read More

The Planely Spoken Blog is the work of a talented group of aviation lawyers who have been together for decades.  We use Planely Spoken to provide you with our unique take on the issues of the day, to notify you about our upcoming events and webinars, and occasionally, we even break news. 

Planely Spoken has had several different homes over the years. … Read More

In Part I of this post, we described various provisions in the Promoting the Launch of Aviation’s Next Era Act of 2019 (the PLANE Act of 2019), S. 2198,  as introduced by Senators Inhofe (OK) and King (ME) on July 23.  There we focused on Title I of the bill, “Fairness for Pilots,” (sections 101 to 105).  In this post, we focus on provisions in the other five titles of the bill that will also be of considerable interest to our readers.… Read More

On July 23, Senators Inhofe (OK) and King (ME), introduced the Promoting the Launch of Aviation’s Next Era Act of 2019 (the PLANE Act of 2019), S. 2198, a 38-page bill which according to  press releases from Senator Inhofe’s and Senator King’s offices, “would empower the voices of pilots, invest in airport infrastructure and ensure more opportunities for a trained aviation workforce.”  In a recent letter to  both Senators, thirteen aviation associations indicated their strong support for the bill.… Read More

While there will always be technological developments in the aviation industry, it is for the most part, a mature industry. On the other hand, the drone industry, measured against fixed wing and rotorcraft, is probably in the range of 20 percent mature. While drones have, in the defense world, been in use for decades, it’s only been in the last few years that drone technology has entered the commercial world.… Read More

In Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents (1997), Dr. James Reason defined “just culture” as:

An atmosphere of trust in which people are encouraged, even rewarded, for providing essential safety-related information–but in which they are also clear about where the line must be drawn between acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

While line drawing often involves sensitive tradeoffs and judgments, recent judicial decisions by the courts in Switzerland involving air traffic controllers provoke vigorous head-scratching, not to mention strong condemnation from the international air traffic control community.… Read More