Category Archives: General

“Congress Kicks the FAA and our Webinar Down the Road…..Again!!”

The seemingly endless FAA reauthorization process looks like it will continue for yet another month.  At the beginning of May, it looked like the bill had finally generated enough momentum for easy passage in the Senate.  The House had already dropped its controversial plans for privatization of air traffic control and passed their version of the Reauthorization Act by a wide margin.  The Senate put their version of the bill on the calendar on May 8, and it appeared to be on an easy road to passage in June. Unfortunately, the Senate never got around to taking up the measure.  …

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Drones – The Supreme Court and Judge Kavanaugh…Plane-ly Spoken Weighs in!

What can drones tell us about Supreme Court Justice nominees?  It turns out, quite a bit. Earlier this week, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to fill the seat vacated by Justice Kennedy.  In his prepared remarks, Judge Kavanaugh stated that “a judge must be independent, and must interpret the law, not make the law.  A judge must interpret statutes as written . . . .”  In order to determine whether Judge Kavanaugh lives these words, or merely pays them lip service, we have to look at …

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The EPIC Privacy Suit: Our Crystal Ball Called It!

Back in January of this year, we reported on oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the case of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) v. FAA.  EPIC was appealing the FAA’s refusal to promulgate privacy regulations as part of the small UAS rules.  According to EPIC, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 required the FAA to consider privacy as part of the mandate to integrate UAS into the airspace.  The FAA countered this argument by claiming that Congress only intended the FAA to regulate the safety aspects of …

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The Aviation Symposium Webinar Series Presents: Corporate Aviation Accidents

“Breaking News….A corporate jet is reported to have crashed taking the lives of all seven on board. More details as we learn them.” Whether your corporation owns, operates or leases aircrafts, an aircraft accident is a nightmare for any company. Compounded by the fact that the passengers are frequently, if not almost always, employees, including senior management, the loss of a corporate aircraft has profound impacts that go well beyond the event itself. During this webinar, members of the LeClairRyan Aviation team will discuss: Emergency planning Tabletop drills and training exercises Human resource issues – if the worst happens The …

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FAA v. FCC On Drone Enforcement

Whenever issues impacting aviation safety arise, the public’s attention naturally turns to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to see what its response will be.  A number of other federal agencies, however, play important roles in ensuring the safe functioning of the National Airspace System.  The Department of Homeland Security oversees anti-terrorism and security, the Department of Transportation ensures that hazardous materials are not carried on aircraft, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ensures that command, control, and communications systems work in harmony with other devices that use the electromagnetic spectrum. An FCC notice of proposed penalty of over $2.8 million …

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Pipeline Accidents and NTSB Investigations Webinar

We want to thank you for joining in for the Webinar on we hosted on June 13th. While this webinar was not specifically aviation related, we wanted to share it with our readers here at Plane-ly Spoken because it involves the NTSB, which is a frequently covered topic on this blog, and the protocols some of our readers will benefit from when dealing with pipeline accident investigations. During this webinar we also explained how to navigate NTSB investigations to minimize the impact on your company. If you happened to miss it and would like to learn more, please follow this link …

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The Aviation Symposium Webinar Series Presents…

The FAA Reauthorization Act: What is in it and What does it mean for you? 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 of amendments on the floor of the House, passed a comprehensive bill that sets FAA priorities well into the next decade. Over the next few weeks, the focus will be on the …

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Enforcement vs. Compliance: The Debate Rages On!

Since its inception, the FAA has been primarily concerned with ensuring that the National Airspace System is the safest in the world.  While everyone agrees with that goal, not everyone agrees on the best way to accomplish it. On June 26, 2015, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced a major change in its compliance philosophy in Administrative Order 8000.373. This change in philosophy was controversial at the time, and as we approach the Order’s third anniversary, it remains so.

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Organizational Risk Management Course at NBAA

LeClairRyan’s aviation partner, Christa Hinckley, will present at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Washington D.C. next month. On June 12, 2018, Ms. Hinckley, along with David T. Norton (Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP) and Brint Smith, ARM (John F. Thorne & Co.), will teach a course on organizational risk management, also known as enterprise risk management. This course will cover a wide range of topics, including establishing a baseline of organizational risks within an individual company vs. the industry standard, understanding potential risks from a business aviation perspective, discussing risk scenarios, and planning a risk management structure. …

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Thank you for Attending: Drones and Natural Disasters

We hope you enjoyed the latest edition of the UAS Webinar Series: Drones and Natural Disasters. Mark Dombroff and I covered an array of topics from the different levels of certification for UAS operation to what type of operations are likely to be approved or prohibited for UAS disaster response. If you were unable to tune in, or would like a copy for later viewing, you can find the PowerPoint slides and recording here on the LeClairRyan event page. And as always, you can also find the slides on our Aviation Symposium App. Any questions or concerns? Please contact Kristina …

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