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Join Fox Rothschild’s Aviation Practice and the Aviation Emergency Response Organization (AERO) for a program on pressing issues facing the aviation insurance industry. Topics include: The effects of COVID-19 on the aviation insurance industry Filing an extension for additional time to file your Form 10-Q, 10-K and certain other periodic reports Planning for a virtual aviation accident response Important legal considerations regarding COVID-19 issues Challenges to consider post-COVID-19 Presenters: Pamela Pullen, Global Aviation Emergency Response…
In the age of COVID-19, there is a renewed interest in the principles of federalism and the limits of federal power, including the power of the Federal Aviation Administration.  More and more, commentators and legislators are arguing that the FAA should not be the sole arbiter of how the national airspace is used, particularly below 400 feet. This is, of course, a faulty premise upon which to build an argument.  The FAA would be the…
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish the standards for remote identification of unmanned aircraft closed on March 2, 2020.  The NPRM garnered over 53,000 comments, both pro and con, concerning the contours of the final rule.  While there is still no official word on what the final rule will look like, FAA actions seem to confirm that the final rule will look a lot like the draft rule. Recently, the FAA announced that…
The aviation industry, like the rest of America, is gearing up for the reopening of America for business.  As we do so, it is important to keep on top of the latest recommended “best practices” necessary to keep the COVID-19 virus from rebounding.  Unfortunately, finding these resources can sometimes be difficult. We at Plane-ly Spoken are here to help.  The following is our collection of links, arranged by topic and government agency, of aviation industry…
Complimentary Webinar Tuesday, May 12, 2020  |  1 pm ET  |  10 am PT The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on aviation companies in many ways. Although layoffs, furloughs, pay reductions or other measures are unavoidable, such actions carry risk because the extensive safety regulations governing the industry present fertile ground for whistleblower claims. Now more than ever, it is imperative that employers know how to navigate the minefield of state and federal whistleblower protection…
The Federal Aviation Administration has just issued a new Safety Alert for Operators, (SAFO) containing guidance for airlines and aircrews on how to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Overall, the SAFO instructs airlines to follow the CDC’s guidance for the protection for employees in critical infrastructure jobs.  The FAA confirms that no airline employee should work if they have any symptoms of the virus, and that all employees exposed to someone…
On March 16, 2020, the White House declared a national emergency, retroactive to March 1, 2020.  The resultant “shutdown” of our county has impacted every phase of life in America, with the aviation industry among the hardest hit. It is not just private industry that is affected.  Both the FAA and the NTSB are also under “stay at home” orders. What this means, at least relative to the NTSB, is that accidents which have occurred…
On February 5, 2020, the Department of Transportation (DOT) opened the public comment period for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Regarding Traveling by Air with Service Animals.  That comment period officially closed this week, with the proposed rule garnering over 14,000 comments. While the comment period was open for 60 days, an unusually long period of time for a rulemaking such as this, it did not stop several groups from asking for an extension. ……
The Department of Treasury is acting with uncharacteristic swiftness in the wake of the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  On March 30, 2019, the Department released its preliminary guidance on how eligible aviation businesses can receive loans pursuant to Subpart A of the Act, and how air carriers can obtain payroll relief pursuant to Subpart B of the Act. … Read More