Announcing the 2020 Aviation Symposium

February 4–6, 2020
The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean, Va.

The leading aviation issues of 2019 surround the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines accidents and the  wide-ranging number of issues presented by them.

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Thank You for Attending Our Government Contracts Webinar

Thank you for attending the latest in our ongoing Aviation Webinar Series, “Government Contracts, False Claims, and the Aviation Industry.”

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DOT: Commercial Space ‘Takes Off’

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.  Unfortunately, government regulation of the commercial space launch industry has not kept up with this explosive growth. 

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FAA: More Money for Drones

Are you trying to develop cutting edge technology for unmanned aircraft?  Did you miss out on the FAA’s Pathfinder Program?  Was your proposal for the FAA’s Public/Private Partnership initiative passed over?  Then today may be your lucky day.

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UAS: Even If You Can Find Them, You Can’t Identify or Stop Them!

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.

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Thank You for Attending Our ‘Business of Drones’ Webinar

Thank you for attending the latest in our ongoing Aviation Webinar Series, “The Business of Drones … Operating in a Commercial World.”

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Criminalization of Aviation: ‘You Have the Right to Remain Silent’

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.

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Webinar: Government Contracts, False Claims, and the Aviation Industry

An essential aspect of the aviation industry is doing business with the United States Government.

Whether you’re an airline, a charter or cargo operator, an MRO, a ground handler or a manufacturer, the considerations associated with having the federal government as a client is a world apart from operating in the commercial space.

During this webinar, aviation and government contract attorneys from LeClairRyan will discuss not only the basics, but recent developments in dealing with the United States Government as your customer.

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Webinar: The Business of Drones … Operating in a Commercial World

In just a few short years, the operation of unmanned aircraft has gone from a rarity to big business. According to the FAA’s newly released Aerospace Forecast, the total number of commercial UAS in the United States is expected to triple by 2023. Much of this growth is expected to come from a dramatic increase in the number of businesses offering “drones as a service.”

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Towing Aircraft …Things Don’t Always Go as Planned!

How do accidents happen?  Sometimes, the cause of an accident is hidden.  It is an occurrence that is unexpected and unforeseeable.  Most of the time, it is not.  This video is a case in point. 

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