Category Archives: General

Thank You for Attending Our Government Contracts Webinar

Thank you for attending the latest in our ongoing Aviation Webinar Series, “Government Contracts, False Claims, and the Aviation Industry.”

UAS: Even If You Can Find Them, You Can’t Identify or Stop Them!

While there will always be technological developments in the aviation industry, it is for the most part, a mature industry. On the other hand, the drone industry, measured against fixed wing and rotorcraft, is probably in the range of 20 percent mature. While drones have, in the defense world, been in use for decades, it’s only been in the last few years that drone technology has entered the commercial world.

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Criminalization of Aviation: ‘You Have the Right to Remain Silent’

In Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents (1997), Dr. James Reason defined “just culture” as: An atmosphere of trust in which people are encouraged, even rewarded, for providing essential safety-related information–but in which they are also clear about where the line must be drawn between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. While line drawing often involves sensitive tradeoffs and judgments, recent judicial decisions by the courts in Switzerland involving air traffic controllers provoke vigorous head-scratching, not to mention strong condemnation from the international air traffic control community.

Webinar: Government Contracts, False Claims, and the Aviation Industry

An essential aspect of the aviation industry is doing business with the United States Government. Whether you’re an airline, a charter or cargo operator, an MRO, a ground handler or a manufacturer, the considerations associated with having the federal government as a client is a world apart from operating in the commercial space. During this webinar, aviation and government contract attorneys from LeClairRyan will discuss not only the basics, but recent developments in dealing with the United States Government as your customer.

Thank You for Attending Our Pipelines & NTSB Investigations Webinar

Thank you for attending today’s webinar, “Pipelines & NTSB Investigations: Up Close & Personnel.” We appreciate your continued support!

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.

The Day the Music Died, February 3, 1959

A long long time ago I can still remember how That music used to make me smile And I knew if I had my chance That I could make those people dance And maybe they’d be happy for a while But February made me shiver With every paper I’d deliver Bad news on the doorstep I couldn’t take one more step I can’t remember if I cried When I read about his widowed bride Something touched me deep inside The day the music died Lyrics from “American Pie,” by Don McLean, 1971, © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management …

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The LR Transportation App is Now Available

The LR Transportation App is now available! This unique app, for both IOS and Android operating systems, provides a wealth of information relevant to issues you may confront. 

FAA/UAS – Drone Regulation Marches Forward!

In Washington, D.C., the government is still shut down, and is digging out from a weekend storm that dropped a foot of snow.  Neither of these things, however, stopped Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao from unveiling two long-awaited rulemaking efforts that will have a major impact on the future of the unmanned aircraft industry.

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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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