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.

Thank You for Listening In…

Yesterday, we hosted another addition to our Aviation Symposium Series: Aviation and the Safety Act. There was a great showing of interest and hope that all attendees were able to something new. If you happened to miss it and want to hear about the topics covered, you can follow this link for the recording. And as always, everything can be found on our Aviation Symposium App. If you have any questions, please contact kristina.repko@leclairryan.com.

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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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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 kristina.repko@leclairryan.com.

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The Aviation Symposium Webinar Series Presents:

Social Media and the Aviation Industry: Moving at the Speed of Light! In this unique edition of the of the Aviation Symposium Webinar Series, the Aviation team focuses on the risks, rewards, upsides, and downsides of social media and how it is affecting the aviation industry. 

#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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