Category Archives: NTSB

National Transportation and Safety Board

An Inside Look at the NTSB – An Aviation Symposium Series Webinar

Thank you for the amazing turnout yesterday during our 90 minute webinar on the inside workings of the National Transportation Safety Board.  David Tochen, former NTSB General Counsel, Mark Dombroff and Mark McKinnon discuss background information, recent investigations such as the sinking of the S.S. El Faro, and so much more. If you would like to listen and follow along with the PowerPoint, please follow this link to the LeClairRyan event’s page.    

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Drone v. Helicopter: And the loser is…

The NTSB Report into the midair collision between a DJI Phantom and an army Blackhawk helicopter has been released and not surprisingly, the probable cause of the accident was sUAS pilot error. On September 21, 2017, an army UH-60 helicopter was operating in class G airspace at an altitude of 300 feet near Staten Island, New York.  The pilot saw the UAS and took evasive action, but it was insufficient to avoid the collision.  The helicopter suffered a 1.5 inch dent in its main rotor and cracks in the composite fairing and a window frame.  The Phantom was destroyed with …

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NTSB Reauthorization– Part I

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation completed work the week of December 4th,  on a legislative proposal to reauthorize the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The last NTSB reauthorization was enacted in December 2006 and authorized NTSB appropriations through September 30, 2008 (Just to be clear, as long as a federal agency has current appropriations or other budget authority to operate, the lapse of authorization amounts does not impair its ability to continue operating). More importantly, the reauthorization proposal, S. 2202, would add new measures to the NTSB’s organic statute and amend numerous current statutory provisions. The …

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David Tochen Joins The LeClairRyan Aviation Team

Plane-ly Spoken strives to provide you with our unique take on the significant news of the day affecting the aviation industry.  Our task just got easier, as we are pleased to announce that David Tochen has joined the aviation practice at LeClairRyan and will be a regular contributor to Plane-ly Spoken. David retired from government service after most recently serving six years as the General Counsel of the National Transportation Safety Board.  Prior to that, he was Deputy Chief Counsel for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Deputy Assistant General Counsel for the Department of Transportation. David Tochen will …

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