Monthly Archives: March 2018

Planes, Drones and $…The 2018 Appropriation and Aviation

After four governmentwide short-term stopgap funding provisions since last September, Congress has enacted, and the President has signed, a full fiscal year Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141, March 23, 2018), a 2,149-page behemoth that provides a total of $1.3 trillion in funding. According to a summary of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018, (Division L of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, commonly referred to as “THUD”) prepared by the Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives, the Department of Transportation (DOT) appropriations include $18 billion in total budgetary resources for the Federal …


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The Aviation Symposium Webinar Series Presents:

Aviation and The SAFETY Act: Limiting Your Liability Whether you’re an airline, manufacturer, service provider, airport, or any other aviation business, you cannot miss this webinar. Nearly every business that interacts with the public faces a threat of terrorism. Companies at the front end include air, bus and rail transport companies. Businesses where people gather, as well as businesses that manage critical infrastructure, all face the same threat.

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Beyond Dexter the Peacock

When United Airlines barred a woman from bringing “Dexter the emotional support peacock” on a flight from Newark to Los Angeles earlier this year, the story made national news and went viral on social media. It is easy to understand why. The account, replete with a picture of the iridescent bird perched atop a luggage cart at the gate, was whimsical and mildly outrageous. It also coincided with the news that both United and Delta had tightened their policies on emotional support animals. Various outlets reported that the airlines, having patiently endured people bringing the likes of pigs, monkeys, snakes, …


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Wheels Up for Blockchain Technology in Aviation?

Many of us know something about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Perhaps fewer of us are familiar with the underlying digital technology for these cryptocurrencies — known as blockchain. Likely even fewer of us recognize the role that blockchain can play in aviation.  This post will shed light on ways blockchain is being examined and even introduced in the transportation sector in general, including aviation. First, what is blockchain?

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Congratulations to LeClairRyan’s Christa Hinckley

Christa Hinckley, a member of our Aviation team, has been named Chairman of the new General, Business and Charter Aviation committee of the American Bar Association: Forum on Air & Space Law. This new committee will serve as a resource for lawyers who not only practice the regular airline world of aviation law, but also charter operators, flight departments, agricultural operations and general aviation. The full link can be found here, which contains committee information and the link to join any one of those committee. Congratulations Christa!

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Summary of Congressional Hearing: “The State of Aviation Safety” Part II

In Part I of this post, we summarized the statements of Subcommittee Chairman LoBiondo and FAA and NASA witnesses at the February 27 hearing on “The State of Aviation Safety” conducted by the Subcommittee on Aviation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the U.S. House of Representatives.  In this Part II, we will briefly discuss the prepared and oral statements from NTSB, USDOT Office of Inspector General (OIG), and Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) officials.

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Thank You for Joining Our Webinar on Social Media and Aviation

In this edition of the Aviation Webinar Series, Morgan Campbell and I discussed the risks, rewards, upsides, and downsides of social media and how it is affecting the aviation industry. If you missed this session, the entire recording can be found here and a copy of the slide deck can be found on our Aviation Symposium App. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact

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The State of Aviation Safety and Congress: Part I

The Subcommittee on Aviation of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a February 27 hearing on the safety of the National Airspace System (NAS), including progress made and challenges that still need addressing. Officials form the following organizations provided testimony at the hearing: FAA, NASA, NTSB, the USDOT Office of Inspector General (OIG), and the Airline Pilots Association International (ALPA). Although the following link to the hearing is available on Committee’s website – – we are pleased to provide the following summary for our Plane-ly Spoken readers.

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