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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Thank You for Attending Our Webinar: Lessons of Ethiopian Airlines…So Far

Thank you for attending LeClairRyan’s Aviation Symposium Webinar Series: The Lessons of Ethiopian Airlines…So Far.

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FAA Drone Rulemaking ‘Slogs’ Forward!

The FAA started 2019 off in a big way, releasing two major UAS rulemakings on the same day.  The public notice and comment period for both rules is now closed, and it is interesting to see what the public thinks of these proposals. 

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NTSB and Commercial Space: The Final Frontier

On March 6, Representative Garret Graves of Louisiana introduced H.R. 1562, the Commercial Space Transportation Safety Act of 2019.  The bill’s text, which became available only recently, indicates that its main purpose is “to provide certain authority to the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate commercial space transportation accidents.” 

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Thank You for Attending Our Safety Act Webinar

Thank you to those of you who joined us today for our ongoing Aviation Webinar Series, with this edition focusing on the Safety Act.

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Aviation Symposium Webinar Series: The Lessons of Ethiopian Airlines…So Far

If you are in the aviation industry and operate internationally (airlines, charter operators), your product is used outside the United States, (OEMs, component manufacturers), or you have a presence outside the United States (MROs), you cannot afford to miss this webinar.

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FAA – ASAP Takes a Giant Step Forward

The FAA is continuing its focus on the safety of Part 135 operations.  The FAA has  announced that one of the most successful safety initiatives, the Aviation Safety Action Program (“ASAP”), will be streamlined and fully extended to cover Part 135 operators. 

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