Friday, October 31, 2014
The Volume 14, Autumn 2014 issue of the International Aviation Law Institutes's journal, Issues in Aviation Law and Policy (IALP), will be arrive in November. The issue will feature a commentary by Enyinnaya Uchenna-Emezue, Addressing the Contractual Quagmire in the Nigerian Aviation Industry, as well as the following articles:
- Alan Khee-Jin Tan, The 2010 ASEAN-China Air Transport Agreement: Much Ado over Fifth Freedom Rights?
- Gregory McGuire, Fight or Flight, or Both? Article 17 "Accidents" and Flight Crew Misconduct
- Victoria Seabra Ferreira, The Anticompetitive Effects of Slot Allocation in the EU
- Jae Woon Lee, The U.S.'s New Divide and Conquer Strategy in Northeast Asia
- Danielle Edwards, Comparative Climate Change Law & Policy: Challenges for Regulating Aircraft Emissions in the United States and the European Union
- James Rappaport, Northwest Airlines v. Ginsberg: Bad Business or High-Altitude Chutzpah?
- Rumani K. Sheth, The FAA Downgrade of Indian Aviation - What Went Wrong?
Friday, October 24, 2014
Earlier this week, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker spoke at DePaul's College of Law in an event jointly sponsored by the International Aviation Law Institute and the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development. This was the fourth in the annual lecture series hosted by the two institutes. His comments predominantly concerned the status of the United States' Next Generation Air Traffic Management System (NextGen). Whitaker described the rollout as on-schedule, with many of the necessary upgrades to technological infrastructure already finished, or scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015. He also said that NextGen would eventually allow the FAA to assign responsibility for airspace in a manner that will allow the agency to more effectively avoid delays and shutdowns in the event of a crisis such as the one affecting the Aurora, Illinois control center late last month. The entirety of the program will take decades to implement. Details about NextGen's various components can be found in the 2014 update provided by the FAA. Whitaker also stressed the importance of international collaboration on the adoption of new technologies to ensure compatibility. Interestingly, he highlighted ICAO's role in fostering international agreement on a variety of issues, which has not always been a subject of great importance to U.S. transportation officials.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Earlier this month the European Commission took the rare step of requesting a meeting of the Joint Committee overseeing the U.S.-EU open skies agreement to discuss Norwegian Air International's pending application for permission to operate to the United States. Article 18 of the landmark 2007 multilateral agreement between the U.S. and the EU created a Joint Committee responsible for reviewing the implementation of the agreement and for holding consultations on any issues that arise. The Joint Committee held its required annual meeting in January, but either party can request additional meetings to resolve questions related to the agreement's interpretation or application. When such a request is made, the meeting is supposed to be held within 60 days of the request, which would allow the U.S. enough time to postpone any confrontations over NAI's bid until after the mid-term elections, which is believed to be a motivating factor behind the delay.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
The U.S. government has decided to move ahead with plans to begin screening passengers arriving from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea at five U.S. airports. The screenings will be conducted by representatives of the Center for Disease Control and will involve taking passengers temperatures and requiring them to complete additional questionnaires.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Representatives from top industry trade group Airlines for America reportedly met with U.S. government officials today to discuss the utility of introducing additional passenger screening measures to prevent spread of the Ebola virus. There are no plans to temporarily ban flights to the worst-affected countries, but U.S. government officials appear to be seeking industry input regarding less intrusive and disruptive safeguards.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The European Commission has determined that state aid provided to airports in Zweibrucken, Germany and Charleroi, Belgium violated the EU's new state aid guidelines for airports and airlines. The EC announced those decisions in a press release earlier today, along with decisions finding state aid to five other airports in Germany, Italy, and Sweden to be compliant with the new guidelines.