Category Archives: General

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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Cleared For Takeoff: The UAS Integration Pilot Program Begins!

The UAS Integration Pilot Program just got its big kick-off, with Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announcing the state, local, and tribal government partnerships that would form the core of the new effort. As you may remember, the program was announced back on October 25, 2017 with a very aggressive timetable that left interested parties scrambling to put together public/private teams needed to support a successful program.  While the FAA originally committed to support five teams, the number of finalists is double that initial number, and includes:

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Summer Flying, Emergencies and Temporary Flight Restrictions

Summer is nearly upon us, bringing with it good weather for flying your unmanned aircraft.  Summer also brings, however, an increase in certain types of natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, and storms that produce flooding, which in turn bring Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) from the FAA. So, in the interests of helping everyone have a safe and productive summer, Plane-ly Spoken feels it is important to brush up on the subject of TFRs.

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The UAS Webinar Series Presents: Drones and Natural Disasters

What you can do after a disaster and how  do you get permission to do it? Whether you’re a public utility, an insurance company, a UAS service provider, or any other business that must respond in the aftermath of a disaster, you cannot miss this webinar. Prior to last year, it was difficult, if not impossible, to obtain permission to fly a UAS in the aftermath of a disaster. The flight rules were restrictive and the FAA and first responders were primarily concerned with keeping the airspace clear for manned aircraft. That all changed last summer. In the wake of …

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Drones and Other Stuff: The 2018 FAA Reauthorization

Readers of Plane-ly Spoken are well aware of the twisting, and sometime torturous path, that FAA reauthorization takes. Competing versions of the reauthorization were introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate last summer.  Both bills, each weighing in at over 400 pages, got sidetracked during the fall, resulting in yet another short term extension. Now, however, efforts to pass a comprehensive, five year reauthorization of the FAA may finally be entering the home stretch. This week, a new version of the House bill, slimmed down to only  353 pages and omitting the controversial proposal to privatize  air …

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Thank You for Listening In…

Yesterday, we hosted another addition to our Aviation Symposium Series: Aviation and the Safety Act. There was a great showing of interest and hope that all attendees were able to something new. If you happened to miss it and want to hear about the topics covered, you can follow this link for the recording. And as always, everything can be found on our Aviation Symposium App. If you have any questions, please contact kristina.repko@leclairryan.com.

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Planes, Drones and $…The 2018 Appropriation and Aviation

After four governmentwide short-term stopgap funding provisions since last September, Congress has enacted, and the President has signed, a full fiscal year Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141, March 23, 2018), a 2,149-page behemoth that provides a total of $1.3 trillion in funding. According to a summary of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018, (Division L of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, commonly referred to as “THUD”) prepared by the Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives, the Department of Transportation (DOT) appropriations include $18 billion in total budgetary resources for the Federal …

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The Aviation Symposium Webinar Series Presents:

Aviation and The SAFETY Act: Limiting Your Liability Whether you’re an airline, manufacturer, service provider, airport, or any other aviation business, you cannot miss this webinar. Nearly every business that interacts with the public faces a threat of terrorism. Companies at the front end include air, bus and rail transport companies. Businesses where people gather, as well as businesses that manage critical infrastructure, all face the same threat.

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