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Everything Changes and Nothing Changes

The Planely Spoken Blog is the work of a talented group of aviation lawyers who have been together for decades.  We use Planely Spoken to provide you with our unique take on the issues of the day, to notify you about our upcoming events and webinars, and occasionally, we even break news. 

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Plane-ly Speaking About the PLANE Act of 2019 – Part II

In Part I of this post, we described various provisions in the Promoting the Launch of Aviation’s Next Era Act of 2019 (the PLANE Act of 2019), S. 2198,  as introduced by Senators Inhofe (OK) and King (ME) on July 23.  There we focused on Title I of the bill, “Fairness for Pilots,” (sections 101 to 105).  In this post, we focus on provisions in the other five titles of the bill that will also be of considerable interest to our readers.

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Plane-ly Speaking About the PLANE Act of 2019 – Part I

On July 23, Senators Inhofe (OK) and King (ME), introduced the Promoting the Launch of Aviation’s Next Era Act of 2019 (the PLANE Act of 2019), S. 2198, a 38-page bill which according to  press releases from Senator Inhofe’s and Senator King’s offices, “would empower the voices of pilots, invest in airport infrastructure and ensure more opportunities for a trained aviation workforce.”  In a recent letter to  both Senators, thirteen aviation associations indicated their strong support for the bill.

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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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