Author Archives: Mark Dombroff

Mark Dombroff

About: Mark Dombroff

Mark Dombroff concentrates his practice on the aviation and transportation industries, including litigation, regulatory administrative and enforcement matters, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigations, airport and aircraft security, and employment issues.

#Goodjobs and #Airportfails: U.S. Airports are Getting Their Wings on Smart Use of Social Media

When the power failed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport this past December, the response by the world’s busiest airport included a relatively new tactic for airports — talking about it on Twitter. Hartsfield’s communications team used the social media platform to convey information that made a real difference for frustrated travelers. The tweets included a list of hotels that still had available rooms (some for free for those who were stranded), real-time updates from the FAA, Georgia Power, Delta Airlines and the mayor, and even an uplifting article detailing acts of heroism carried out by everyday folks during the outage. …

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Christopher Hart – Safety Advocate, Deep Thinker, Gentleman

Christopher Hart, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Board Member, and former NTSB Vice Chairman and Chairman, announced he will be leaving the agency on January 31.  He has been an outstanding leader and advocate to enhance safety in all modes of transportation. We both have known Chris for many years and worked with — and David working for — Chris and salute his long and distinguished career at the NTSB, FAA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Department of Transportation’s General Counsel Office. Chris initially served as an NTSB Board Member from 1990 to 1993. He then …

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Only One Week To Go….

Time is running out to register for the LeClairRyan 2018 Aviation Symposium “An Airplane Is Down . . . .!”: First Responders, Family Assistance, Emergency Response and More.. Where else can you… Hear from the Malaysia Airlines emergency response team handling MH 370 and MH 17 Listen to a panel on dealing with disruptive passengers Hear about what corporate flight departments can learn from the airlines and vice versa Hear from the chairman of the NTSB and the acting administrator of the FAA Learn about responding to emergencies such as hurricanes, active shooters and cyber threats Hear about how to work …

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An Inside Look at the NTSB – An Aviation Symposium Series Webinar

Thank you for the amazing turnout yesterday during our 90 minute webinar on the inside workings of the National Transportation Safety Board.  David Tochen, former NTSB General Counsel, Mark Dombroff and Mark McKinnon discuss background information, recent investigations such as the sinking of the S.S. El Faro, and so much more. If you would like to listen and follow along with the PowerPoint, please follow this link to the LeClairRyan event’s page.    

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Drones and Liability—Four Ways to Protect Yourself

A gas company needs to inspect a far-flung pipeline. A brokerage firm seeks aerial views of a shopping mall. A pizza chain envisions delivering a pie to home plate as part of a baseball-themed ad campaign. In each of these hypothetical cases, management could turn to technology that is increasingly becoming part of American life—Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or “drones” for short. While the U.S. military has been flying drones for 30 years, the whirring, remote-controlled aircraft are now on the shelf at just about every discount store or electronics retailer in the country. They are also getting cheaper and …

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The Aviation Symposium Webinar Series Presents: An Inside Look at the NTSB: A Conversation with David Tochen

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plays a vital role in the safety of virtually all modes of transportation, including railroads, highways, shipping and pipelines. While many know that the NTSB determines the probable cause of accidents and issues safety recommendations, few know how the NTSB operates on a daily basis. Join us on January 24, 2018 for a complimentary webinar where we will take an in-depth look at all aspects of the NTSB. LeClairRyan’s newest aviation attorney, recently retired NTSB General Counsel David Tochen, will lead the webinar. Among the topics we will discuss are: The latest changes at …

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‘Tis the season for drones- so learn the rules of the sky

Predictions about the number of drones that will be given as gifts this holiday season have “taken off.” According to the Consumer Technology Association, Americans will buy about 1.6 million drones over the holidays, nearly half the total for the entire year and an increase of about 30 percent over last year. Unlike the typical holiday gift, however, drones are technically considered airplanes by the federal government. If you plan to give the kids or grandkids a drone, you need to be aware of the rules. Better to hear them now than to hear from the police later. When drones …

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David Tochen Joins The LeClairRyan Aviation Team

Plane-ly Spoken strives to provide you with our unique take on the significant news of the day affecting the aviation industry.  Our task just got easier, as we are pleased to announce that David Tochen has joined the aviation practice at LeClairRyan and will be a regular contributor to Plane-ly Spoken. David retired from government service after most recently serving six years as the General Counsel of the National Transportation Safety Board.  Prior to that, he was Deputy Chief Counsel for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Deputy Assistant General Counsel for the Department of Transportation. David Tochen will …

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The 2018 Aviation Symposium… “An Airplane Is Down!”

First Responders, Family Assistance, Emergency Response and More The Aviation Symposium is a unique event. In this era of unprecedented aviation risk, it is imperative that all sectors of the industry maintain the highest level of emergency preparedness and readiness to respond. Now in our 12th year, we’re focused on “real world” considerations and issues as opposed to the theoretical stuff brought to you in most programs. Our moderated format is unique, with no “talking heads”. Whether you’re an airport operator or a first responder, a large airline or a regional carrier, a cargo carrier or a charter operator for …

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Welcome to Plane-ly Spoken!

You may be wondering where we’ve been. Well, like our aviation practice, our blog has undergone a transformation; www.planelyspokenblog.com has undergone a transformation to www.Plane-lySpoken.com. No “Blog” and, like our actual name, our web address now contains a dash. What hasn’t changed is who we are and the style with which we’ll comment on all things aviation. The bigger transformation is that our aviation practice has moved to the national law firm of LeClairRyan, where we are already growing. Our new firm is committed to growing our aviation practice and with the support of our new colleagues; we’ll have a …

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