Category Archives: FAA

Federal Aviation Administration Updates

DOT: Commercial Space ‘Takes Off’

According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), “the size of the global space economy, which combines satellite services and ground equipment, government space budgets, and global navigation satellite services (GNSS) equipment, is estimated to be about $345B.”   Interestingly, government space budgets only account for $83 billion, or a little under 25 percent of the total.  A robust commercial space launch industry is necessary to keep up with increasing demand.  Unfortunately, government regulation of the commercial space launch industry has not kept up with this explosive growth. 

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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.

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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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.

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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UAS: The FAA Tightens the Screws

UAS operators will be facing greater oversight and inspections from local Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) under a new National Policy recently issued by the FAA. The document requires all FSDOs to immediately update their 2019 National Work Program Guidelines to include new Required Surveillance Work Activities.

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The SAFETY Act As A Tool To Manage Risk: A Question And Answer Session On What It Is, And How To Take Advantage Of It!

Last month, we passed yet another milestone in aviation history, the 88th anniversary of the first attempted hijacking of a passenger aircraft.  On February 12, 1931, a group of armed revolutionaries in Peru attempted to seize a Ford tri-motor by force, resulting in a 10 day stand-off.  The crisis was ultimately resolved when the revolutionaries learned there had been a successful coup against the government, and the plane was no longer needed.

Thank You for Attending Our Drone Webinar

Thank you for attending “Why 2019 May Be The Year of The Drone” yesterday, part of our Aviation Webinar Series. We appreciate your continued support! If you happened to miss this webinar and would like to view/listen to the Presentation, the archived webinar is available here. The slidedeck from the presentation is available here.

FAA Rulemaking on UAS: Slow, Steady and Risky

The FAA has been tasked with safely integrating unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system. To fulfill this mandate, the FAA adopted a “phased, incremental, and risk-based approach to rulemaking.” In order for this approach to work, however, the nature of the risk must be known in an exact and quantifiable way.  While this approach provides the most flexibility, it also results in a long and drawn out rulemaking process.

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Drone Webinar Rescheduled to 2/27

Our webinar scheduled for tomorrow, “Current Developments in UAS Regulation: Why 2019 May Be the Year of the Drone,” has been rescheduled to Feb. 27 due to the forecast for inclement weather in the Mid-Atlantic.