Thank you for joining us yesterday on our webinar: Waivers, Exemptions, and Certification: How to get permission to do what you want with your Unmanned Aircraft. We had a great turnout and appreciate your continued support of our Aviation Webinar Series.

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Waivers, Exemptions, and Certifications:

How to get permission to do what you want with your Unmanned Aircraft

Part 107 has been a tremendous boon to businesses that want to operate unmanned aircraft. Unfortunately, there is still a great deal that cannot be done without special permission. But rest assured, this can be done legally, if you know how.

During this webinar, we will explore what methods are available to obtain permission from the FAA to conduct complex operations beyond the narrow confines of Part 107.… Read More

Anyone who operates a regional or nationwide business knows that coping with a patchwork of state and local laws can be challenging. Fortunately, the states also realize that this can be a problem, and will sometimes cooperate to voluntarily establish a “uniform” law.  For example, in 1952, a group of top legal scholars from the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) got together and drafted the Uniform Commercial Code. … Read More

In the wake of the Las Vegas shootings, MGM resorts is facing a barrage of lawsuits by victims claiming that the hotel was negligent in its security procedures.  In an unusual response, the hotel has filed its own lawsuit against the victims.  The MGM lawsuit is asking a court to rule that it is immune from suit because hotel security was handed by a vendor, Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC). … Read More

The Washington State Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision in Afoa v. Port of Seattle today.  The Court rejected a lower court decision that had the effect of making an airport automatically liable for the negligence of an airline’s contractors, such as ground handlers.  Our Aviation attorneys were called in after the unfavorable result in the Court of Appeals and counsel worked on, with the assistance of the preexisting counsel, the appeal before the Washington Supreme Court. … Read More

Thank you for your continued support and attendance of our Aviation Symposium Webinar Series. During this webinar,  Partner Christa Hinckley and I discussed emergency planning, accident investigation process, tabletop drills and training exercises human resource issues – if the worst should happen.

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The seemingly endless FAA reauthorization process looks like it will continue for yet another month.  At the beginning of May, it looked like the bill had finally generated enough momentum for easy passage in the Senate.  The House had already dropped its controversial plans for privatization of air traffic control and passed their version of the Reauthorization Act by a wide margin. … Read More

What can drones tell us about Supreme Court Justice nominees?  It turns out, quite a bit.

Earlier this week, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to fill the seat vacated by Justice Kennedy.  In his prepared remarks, Judge Kavanaugh stated that “a judge must be independent, and must interpret the law, not make the law. … Read More

Back in January of this year, we reported on oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the case of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) v. FAA.  EPIC was appealing the FAA’s refusal to promulgate privacy regulations as part of the small UAS rules.  According to EPIC, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 required the FAA to consider privacy as part of the mandate to integrate UAS into the airspace. … Read More

“Breaking News….A corporate jet is reported to have crashed taking the lives of all seven on board. More details as we learn them.”

Whether your corporation owns, operates or leases aircrafts, an aircraft accident is a nightmare for any company. Compounded by the fact that the passengers are frequently, if not almost always, employees, including senior management, the loss of a corporate aircraft has profound impacts that go well beyond the event itself.… Read More