Category Archives: General

UAS: Not So Happy Wedding Bells!

Today we present an update to our story from last month involving an insurance coverage dispute between a wedding photographer and his insurer.  Unfortunately for the photographer, our predication on how this case would come out was correct. As you will recall, the photographer in question was sued in state court by a wedding guest who claimed that she lost the sight in one eye after the drone hit her. The photographer had a general liability policy with one million dollars of coverage.  Unfortunately for the photographer, his policy, like most general liability policies, contained an exclusion for accidents arising …

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The New Aircraft Charter Rules: A Deep Dive!

After nearly ten years of work, the FAA has finally issued a new set of comprehensive regulations governing “air charter brokers” and how they operate. According to the Department of Transportation, these new rules are intended to “facilitate innovation and growth in the air charter industry while strengthening the legal protections provided to consumers of charter air transportation.” In addition, in 2019, the FAA and DOT will be conducting increased surveillance, oversight, and enforcement of charter operators and brokers. The new regulations, which go into effect on February 14, 2019, come at a time when the aircraft charter market is …

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Agenda Update: The 2019 Aviation Symposium, Feb 5 – 7, 2019 in Tysons Corner

Wow! The clock is ticking and The 2019 Aviation Symposium is rapidly approaching. Our opening panel will focus upon accidents/incidents/events outside the United States. Nimbus Airlines will (in all likelihood), shortly before the Symposium, experience an issue somewhere in the world. Our crystal ball tells us there will be serious injuries, possibly a fatality, a criminal investigation, language and cultural issues, time zone problems and more. So get ready for an energetic and thought provoking discussion/panel.

UAS: Drones Are Airplanes: Check Your Insurance Policy!

Virtually every businessperson knows that he or she needs insurance to protect their enterprise.  Most are even aware that insurance is not “one policy fits all.”  They have auto insurance to cover their vehicles and drivers, workers compensation insurance to cover workplace injuries, and comprehensive general liability or professional liability insurance to cover the work that is done.  However, it appears that many do not realize that if they use unmanned aircraft, there is likely a hole in their insurance protections.

Airplanes and Artificial Intelligence Part II

Artificial intelligence (“AI”) and autonomous vehicle technologies (“AVT”) have the potential to redefine how the aviation industry operates.  While the operational changes that these technologies will bring are being widely explored, the legal issues raised by their rapid introduction into the industry are not.  In this two part series, we will be looking at applications for AI in aviation and its effect on the legal liability and regulation of those who use it. See Part 1 here. What are the legal issues? The most interesting legal issue surrounding these technologies will not emerge unless and until a robot or other …

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Airplanes and Artificial Intelligence Part 1: What is it and how is it used?

Artificial intelligence (“AI”) and autonomous vehicle technologies (“AVT”) have the potential to redefine how the aviation industry operates.  While the operational changes that these technologies will bring are being widely explored, the legal issues raised by their rapid introduction into the industry are not.  In this two part series, we will be looking at applications for AI in aviation and its effect on the legal liability and regulation of those who use it.  What is it and how is it used? What is artificial intelligence? No one agrees on the definition of AI.  While the term dates to 1955, it …

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Registration is Now Open for the 13th Annual Aviation Symposium!

Register Here for the 13th Annual Aviation Symposium. In our 13th annual symposium this February, we will focus on, among other things, aviation accidents, incidents and events occurring outside the United States. Issues and areas to be considered, include: ICAO Annex 13 The role of your Company The role of the NTSB and the State Department Criminalization of your accident Getting the crew out of the country . . . or not? Family assistance challenges and a whole host of issues, problems and challenges you face when flying outside the United States. The preliminary agenda is being finalized and will …

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Thank You For Attending The FAA Reauthorization Act Webinar

Thank you for joining us for our webinar: The FAA Reauthorization Act: What is in it and what does it mean for you? We had a great turnout and appreciate your continued support of our Aviation Webinar Series. If you missed this webinar and would like to view the slides or listen to the presentation you can find them here. Please be on the lookout for the next Webinar on Pipelines and the SAFETY Act: Limiting Your Liability.

The FAA Reauthorization Act: What is in it and what does it mean for you?

Note: Given the previous delays from Capitol Hill, we have postponed the below webinar on the FAA Reauthorization Act several times. On October 4, we will cover the Act as it stands as of the date of the webinar, regardless of where it is in the process. It’s that time of year, and Congress is once again attempting to pass a comprehensive reauthorization for the FAA. The difference this time around is that it’s almost certain to pass. The House of Representatives decided to strip out the most controversial parts of the 21st Century AIRR Act and, after a flurry …

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Upcoming Webinar – Pipelines and the SAFETY Act: Limiting Your Liability

This free webinar, from our Emergency Response and Preparedness Practice Attorneys, is not only for pipeline companies, it can provide information for airports, insurance risk managers, and other pipeline related UAS operators. LeClairRyan and the Energy Drone Coalition are pleased to present this webinar, which will explain how pipeline companies can leverage their existing processes to obtain DHS certification that limits liability in the event of a terrorist attack.  As pipeline operators are aware, the terrorist risk they face is broader and more multifarious than the risks faced by other industries. The government’s recognition of this risk is evident from the TSA’s creation of …

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