Tuesday, September 30, 2014
In the wake of last Friday's incident in which a contract employee set fire to an FAA air traffic control center, the FAA has announced it will be conducting a 30-day review of security practices as well as procedures for restoring operations in response to an emergency.
Monday, September 29, 2014
The World Route Development Forum was held in Chicago last week. Given the location, DePaul's International Aviation Law Institute was able to participate. Professor Brian Havel moderated a panel on airline regulation during the Strategy Summit accompanying the event. IALI advisory board member Sandra Chiu also participated as a panelist.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The FAA announced today that six aerial photography and video production companies had been granted exemptions that would allow them to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial purposes. The particular UAS operated by the companies under the exemption will not need certificates of airworthiness.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
The Court of Justice for the European Union issued a judgment last week clarifying the exact moment to use as the "arrival time" when measuring the length of a delay for purposes of a compensation claim brought under the EU's passenger rights regulation. Under prior rulings, the Court had determined that passengers were entitled to compensation under Regulation 261 for delays of at least three hours. In Case C-452/13 Germanwings GmbH v Ronny Henning, the passenger sought compensation for a flight in which the aircraft had landed and reached a parked position two hours and 58 minutes after the scheduled arrival time, but the aircraft doors were not opened until after the delay had exceeded the three hour mark. The Court determined that the delay satisfied the three-hour minimum because passengers were not free to leave the aircraft until after the doors had opened.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation has dismissed an application by Norwegian Air International (NAI) for an exemption under 49 U.S.C. § 40109, which would have temporarily authorized NAI to operate additional services to the United States while the DOT considers its application for a foreign air carrier permit. The case has been highly contentious since NAI, an Ireland-based subsidiary of the Scandinavian LCC, Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS), announced plans to expand its U.S. service. Labor unions and U.S. carriers have been the primary opponents, accusing Norwegian of pioneering a "flags of convenience" model to avoid labor regulations, while European officials have criticized the United States for engaging in protectionism and ignoring its obligations under the US-EU Open Skies Agreement. Yesterday's decision was only a temporary setback for NAI, as the DOT's final decision on the application is still pending.