A Systematic Approach to Safety – Everyone Can Benefit

Safety Management Systems, or SMS, have gone from a cutting edge innovation in aviation to a widely adopted global standard.  It is currently recognized by the FAA, ICAO, EASA, and the civil aviation authorities in most countries.  The FAA recognizes SMS as the key method to:

integrate modern safety risk management and safety assurance concepts into repeatable, proactive systems. SMSs emphasize safety management as a fundamental business process to be considered in the same manner as other aspects of business management.

So, why does SMS work?  It works because it is a forward looking, iterative process.  By constantly analyzing new incidents as they occur, trends can be detected before they become a serious problem.  SMS also helps focus all levels of an organization on safety.  It is only through SMS principles that the extraordinary rate of change in aviation technology can be accommodated without compromising the safety of the airspace system.    

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The Day the Music Died, February 3, 1959

A long long time ago
I can still remember how
That music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they’d be happy for a while

But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step

I can’t remember if I cried

When I read about his widowed bride
Something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

Lyrics from “American Pie,” by Don McLean, 1971, © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management

The Day the Music Died refers to a fatal Beech Bonanza aircraft crash that occurred 60 years ago yesterday, near Mason City, Iowa.  Killed in the crash were three early rock and roll legends: Charles Hardin Holley (Buddy Holly), J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), and Richie Valenzuela (Richie Valens). The 23-year pilot was also killed.

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The LR Transportation App is Now Available

The LR 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. 

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Aviation Webinar Series: Why 2019 May Be The Year of The Drone

We hope you will join us Wednesday, February 20, for the latest in our Aviation Webinar Series.

2019 is shaping up as a critical year for regulatory developments affecting operators of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Congress directed the FAA to work faster on setting UAS design standards and opening the airspace to commercial package delivery. Congress also chartered new reports on state and local control of low level airspace and the need for federal privacy laws.

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FAA/UAS – Drone Regulation Marches Forward!

In Washington, D.C., the government is still shut down, and is digging out from a weekend storm that dropped a foot of snow.  Neither of these things, however, stopped Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao from unveiling two long-awaited rulemaking efforts that will have a major impact on the future of the unmanned aircraft industry.

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Less than 30 Days Until the 13th Annual Aviation Symposium

The Clock Is Ticking!

There’s less than 30 days remaining before The 13th Aviation Law Symposium. What started out as a small, intimate gathering of aviation industry professionals, has turned into a large, intimate gathering of industry professionals. If you haven’t registered yet…get to it!

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Thank You for Attending our New Aircraft Charter Rules Webinar

Thank you for joining us yesterday on our webinar: The New Aircraft Charter Rules: A Deep Dive! We had a great turnout and appreciate your continued support of our Aviation Webinar Series.

If you happened to miss this webinar and would like to view/listen to the Presentation you can find it here.  The slides from the presentation can be found at this link.

Shutdown Blues at the USDOT, FAA, and NTSB

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.

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Reminder: 2019 Aviation Symposium Registration is Open

Breaking News!

Kris Kringle, who holds a S9RI Rating (Sled/Nine Reindeer Certificate with Instrument Rating) has signed up for The Symposium!

The clock is ticking and it looks like this may be the first year we have to cut off registration . . . so if you haven’t registered, do so.

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UAS: Not So Happy Wedding Bells!

Today we present an update to our story from last month involving an insurance coverage dispute between a wedding photographer and his insurer.  Unfortunately for the photographer, our predication on how this case would come out was correct.

As you will recall, the photographer in question was sued in state court by a wedding guest who claimed that she lost the sight in one eye after the drone hit her. The photographer had a general liability policy with one million dollars of coverage.  Unfortunately for the photographer, his policy, like most general liability policies, contained an exclusion for accidents arising out of the use of an aircraft, and the insurer denied coverage.  The photographer disagreed with the insurer, arguing that there was coverage because “a drone equipped with a camera is not capable of transporting persons or cargo,” and should be considered “a piece of equipment,” not “an aircraft or vehicle.”  

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