Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The Irish government has decided to support the sale of it's 25 percent stake in national carrier Aer Lingus to International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG). All eyes now turn to Ryanair, Aer Lingus' largest shareholder and itself the source of multiple takeover bids. If Ryanair also decides in favor of an IAG takeover, the deal will likely move forward subject to competition review.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) reportedly will begin assigning safety ratings to all foreign carriers serving Chinese airports, with the possibility of revoking licenses of carriers with low scores. The carriers will be evaluated on their accident histories, regulatory compliance, and any safety complaints. It is not yet clear how the CAAC intends to compile the data on which it will be basing its evaluations, though an early guess is that it will rely on information obtained through ICAO's Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme. There has been no indication yet that the CAAC intends to perform its own ramp inspections as the European Union does or audits of foreign aviation regulators as are performed by the United States.
Monday, May 18, 2015
The University of Zagreb Faculty of Law and the Croatian Academy of Legal Sciences invite you to attend the First International Transport and Insurance Law Conference – INTRANSLAW Zagreb 2015, on October 15 and 16. The conference will gather everyone who deals with issues in this sector – academically or professionally – and will feature presentations, panel discussions, and speeches by internationally recognized scholars and professionals. The goal is to create a forum for an academic and professional discussion of EU Transport Law and the numerous topical issues related to this wide, complex and dynamic legal field, particularly considering Croatia’s recent accession to EU membership and the necessary harmonization of its local laws with the legal regime of the EU.
There is still time for professionals who wish to make presentations to apply with their abstracts, and the Conference is open to everyone as a listener. Early bird registration ends June 1st. Details are available here: www.intranslaw.eu.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
The International Aviation Law Institute (IALI) at DePaul University College of Law welcomes Dr. Sarah Jane Fox from Coventry University in England who will be joining us this fall as a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Fox holds a PhD in law from the University of Northumbria and specializes in free movement and transport policy.
IALI Executive Director Stephen Rudolph offered the following thoughts:
“We welcome Dr. Fox to DePaul Law and the Institute, and we look forward to working with her on critical aviation issues that touch on international law, policy, and diplomacy. Her presence will enable us to broaden our research agenda and deepen our commitment to study civil aviation governance at the international level. We’re also honored that the US-UK Fulbright Commission chose to recognize Dr. Fox and her work, as well as the importance and vitality of this area of scholarship.”
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The European Commission has concluded its antitrust proceedings into the joint venture by members of the SkyTeam alliance, accepting the commitments proposed by KLM/Air France, Delta, and Alitalia last year. These commitments, which are now legally binding, include slot usage on routes connecting Rome, Amsterdam, and New York, as well as providing competitors access to the carriers' frequent flyer programs. This concludes the EC's investigation into the third and final of the major global alliances, having already accepted commitments from oneworld and Star in 2010 and 2013 respectively.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been a frequent subject of criticism for its cautious approach to integration of civilian unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the nation's airspace. The agency has recently been addressing some of those concerns. Approximately six weeks ago, the FAA introduced a "blanket" Certificate of Authorization for UAS operators with Section 333 exemptions. Today, the FAA announced a new smartphone app that will allow small UAS operators to determine if there are operating restrictions specific to the airspace in which they are planning to fly. Additionally, the agency also announced today that it will be working with three private sector partners to identify ways in which small UAS might be safely operated in populated areas and in unpopulated areas beyond the operator's visual line-of-sight. This could be a highly important initiative as the visual line-of-sight restrictions and the prohibition on operating in populated areas were two of the provisions in the FAA's recently released notice of proposed rulemaking thought to be most limiting to the development of commercial uses for small UAS.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced new training requirements to better prepare pilots employed by European airlines to respond to loss of control situations including stalls and inclement weather. This training is intended to prevent some of the mistakes believed to have contributed to the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447. States were recommended to adopt these training requirements last year by ICAO. European carriers will have until May 2016 to become compliant, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is producing implementation guidelines to assist the carriers.
Monday, May 4, 2015
The ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel met last week, and has reportedly agreed to consider proposals for amending the packaging standards for lithium batteries. The batteries create a potential fire hazard that has caused multiple carriers to self-impose restrictions on their transport. The Dangerous Goods Panel's plan appears to be to make specific recommendations late this year in the hopes of securing approval in time to include the changes in the 2017-18 edition of the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.