Author Archives: Kristina Repko

Save the Date for The 2019 Aviation Symposium

If you don’t know how to say “An Airplane Is Down . . . In a Foreign County” in Spanish, Farsi, Chinese or German, you must attend The 2019 LeClairRyan Aviation Symposium! In our 13th annual symposium, we will focus on, among other things, aviation accidents, incidents and events occurring outside the United States.  Discussions will cover a whole host of issues, problems and challenges you face when flying outside the United States, including panels on recent changes in the Flight Standards Service of the FAA and what to expect in 2019; how to write reports involving accidents, incident or …

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The Aviation Symposium Webinar Series Presents: Waivers, Exemptions and Certifications

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. We will explore topics such as: What rules can be waived? How do you get …

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Organizational Risk Management Course at NBAA

LeClairRyan’s aviation partner, Christa Hinckley, will present at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Washington D.C. next month. On June 12, 2018, Ms. Hinckley, along with David T. Norton (Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP) and Brint Smith, ARM (John F. Thorne & Co.), will teach a course on organizational risk management, also known as enterprise risk management. This course will cover a wide range of topics, including establishing a baseline of organizational risks within an individual company vs. the industry standard, understanding potential risks from a business aviation perspective, discussing risk scenarios, and planning a risk management structure. …

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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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Just One Month Until The 2018 Aviation Symposium

Plans are finalized, and the clock is ticking louder and louder. There are only a few weeks left until our biggest and best Symposium yet. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so now. In addition to focusing on working with first responders, including the fire department, police department, MEs, EMTs and others, we have panels on: Dealing with the increasingly common issue of the disruptive passenger Hurricanes, hacking, active shooters and other non-aviation aviation emergencies, including effectively using social media Cuba a year later…boom or bust? “I can hack your airplane…” Airline lessons for corporate flight departments And more! …

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The United States Is Not The Only Game In Town

As the Federal Aviation Administration moves forward with its promised rulemaking, let’s not lose sight of the fact that most of the world permits the use of UASs. In a series of continuing posts, we will focus on how you go about operating UASs outside the United States . . . the rules, the procedures, and applicable timelines.  Because of its proximity to the U.S. and the fact that there are so many moviemaking, pipeline, power lines, flare stacks, natural resources and other UAS uses present there, we start this series with Canada.

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UAS: Dear NTSB Member…

You and your staff are the world standard for aviation accident investigation.  You have one of the best jobs in the world.  You hold Presidential appointments.  Pursuant to your enabling legislation, you investigate, analyze and recommend.  You have no power to regulate or enforce.  Moreover, you have the power to criticize when your recommendations are not followed. Your constituency is the American public, the media and the Congress.  In most respects, since you don’t regulate or enforce, you’re pretty much immune from criticism.  What a great job!

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What You Need To Know About the FAA and UASs

Every member of the aviation industry, whether they intend to be in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems business or not, is monitoring what the FAA is doing in the area.  The day is not all that far away when we’ll look up and see unmanned aircraft in commercial operations flying around us.

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