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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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Perception Is Reality

On August 28th the Denver Post reported that the Denver Police Department had shelved a consumer-grade drone recently purchased for nearly $3,000 after the administration nixed the crime lab’s plan to use it to photograph crime scenes.  Meanwhile, the Denver Fire Department intends to move forward with plans to purchase an Aeryon SkyRanger to use when dealing with all sorts of incidents, including structure fires, hazardous material spills and rescues. The difference between the failure of one program and the likely success of the other appears to turn on public perception. This real world example highlights the critically important task …

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Today’s FAA Reauthorization Act Webinar – moved to Sept. 19th

Everyone – Once again, the general optimism that the Senate finally had its act together and was going to vote on FAA Reauthorization has given way to disappointment.  Despite numerous aviation groups writing Senator McConnell urging quick action, there is still no vote scheduled.  According to recent reports, the process is still mired in “behind the scenes” partisan wrangling over efforts to address non-aviation issues in this must “pass bill,” such as mandatory trucker rest periods and President Trump’s tariff authority. Because of all of these delays, LeClairRyan will be postponing its free webinar on the FAA Reauthorization until September 19, 2018.  …

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The SAFETY Act and Horizon Air

A few days ago, Richard Russell, a 29 year old airline ground employee, got in a 76 seat commercial aircraft and took off from a crowded airport. Many people expressed surprise that he was able to accomplish this feat given the complexity of a modern commercial aircraft, noting that even starting the engines is a multistep process.  In addition, he showed a fair amount of skill in flying the aircraft.  Despite this, it appears he had no training in commercial multiengine aircraft and little, if any, formal pilot training. In this instance, the troubled young man may have been suicidal, …

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Save the Date for The 2019 Aviation Symposium

If you don’t know how to say “An Airplane Is Down . . . In a Foreign County” in Spanish, Farsi, Chinese or German, you must attend The 2019 LeClairRyan Aviation Symposium! In our 13th annual symposium, we will focus on, among other things, aviation accidents, incidents and events occurring outside the United States.  Discussions will cover a whole host of issues, problems and challenges you face when flying outside the United States, including panels on recent changes in the Flight Standards Service of the FAA and what to expect in 2019; how to write reports involving accidents, incident or …

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