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HERE WE GO AGAIN: CONGRESS BEGINS ACTION ON THE FAA REAUTHORIZATION ACT

“HERE WE GO AGAIN”

CONGRESS BEGINS ACTION ON THE FAA REAUTHORIZATION ACT

JOIN US FOR OUR FREE WEBINAR THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2017 AT 1:00 PM

It’s that time of year again. As the clock runs out on last year’s FAA reauthorization, both the House and Senate are scrambling to stake out their priorities.  Join us this Thursday, June 27, 2017 at 1:00 PM for our free webinar providing an in-depth look at the legislation, who the winners and losers are, and the timeline for action.  Click this LINK to register.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the Congressional initiatives that may shape the future of aviation:

The Drone Federalism Act:  This law, jointly proposed by Democrats Diane Feinstein (CA) and Richard Blumenthal (CT), and Republicans Mike Lee (UT) and Tom Cotton (AR), proposes to carve out a large swath of the lower levels of the national airspace and give state and local governments broader powers to regulate aviation activity in these areas.  If enacted, it would represent the first major roll-back of the FAA’s near total control over aviation and could have broad implications for the ability to the FAA to fully integrate UAS into the airspace system.

21st Century AIRR Act:  This is the House of Representatives’ version of the FAA Reauthorization Act.  At 334 pages, the current draft of the bill covers an enormous range of topics, including:

  • Privatization of the air traffic control system: The bill calls for the creation of an independent, not-for-profit air traffic control service in the United States.
  • Streamlining and reforming of the FAA certification process: Creates a Safety Oversight and Certification Advisory Committee to coordinate between FAA and industry, improves training for FAA inspectors, and gives manufacturers greater authority under their delegated certification authorities. 
  •  Strengthens ASAP: The Aviation Safety Action Program is designed to encourage voluntary safety reporting without fear of repercussions.
  • Requires FAA Policy Updates: The bill instructs the FAA to address pilot rest and duty rules for Part 135 operators, the transportation of lithium ion batteries, and cyber security.
  • UAS Policy Changes: Includes the creation of UAS air carrier certificates and the preparation of a DOT privacy study, and encourages development of sense and avoid technology.

 Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill:  Although it does not have a snappy name like the House version, the Senate’s version of the Act is still an impressive 314 pages, covering: 

  •  No ATC privatization: The differences between the House and Senate on this issue are lining up the same as last year, when the proposal was defeated. This year, however, President Trump has already come out in favor of the idea. Will it be enough to tip the balance? 
  • UAS Policy Changes: Criminalizes “reckless” drone activity near manned aircraft and airports and gives the FAA new authority to create a drone registration system.
  • Streamlining and reforming of the FAA certification process: Similar to the House version, the Senate is also seeking to further reform the FAA’s certification process
  • Increases in funding: Provides an additional $400 million for the Airports Improvement Program
  • Passenger Rights: Stops carriers from denying passenger boarding after a gate attendant has approved it, unless there is a legitimate safety or security reason.

Join us on Thursday for the complete run-down of all the pending legislation. In addition, we will keep you informed as the bills work their way through the Congress.

HERE WE GO AGAIN: CONGRESS BEGINS ACTION ON THE FAA REAUTHORIZATION ACT

SYMPOSIUM WEBINAR SERIES: FAA REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017 . . . EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW

It’s that time of year again. The Congress is about to unveil comprehensive legislation that has the potential to transform the aviation industry.

A little over a year ago, the House of Representatives began consideration of a long term comprehensive FAA reauthorization act, ambitiously entitled the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act of 2016 (AIRR). What ultimately passed, however, was a pared down version that only funded the FAA through the summer of 2017.  As a result, the pressure is on the Congress to finally pass a more ambitious, long term solution.

The bill is currently picking up speed, with Chairman Bill Shuster of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and President Donald Trump jointly making an announcement at the White House on June 5th to set forth the President’s FAA and air traffic control reform initiative. This will be followed by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’ testimony on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building on the administration’s priorities.

While Chairman Shuster’s long-standing priority to privatize the air traffic control system along the lines of the Canadian system will likely take center stage, the bill is expected to affect all aspects of aviation, including unmanned traffic management, Next Gen implementation, airport funding, unmanned aircraft cargo delivery, and anti-drone technology.

Join us at 1:30 on June 29, 2017 for our free 90-minute webinar to receive a rundown of what the bill contains, what did not make it in, and the winners and losers in the Congressional sweepstakes. Please note, we have scheduled this webinar based on our best guess as to when the House will complete mark-up of the bill.  If the process is delayed, the webinar will be rescheduled for a later date.

SYMPOSIUM WEBINAR SERIES: FAA REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017 . . . EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW

You’re invited – Aviation Symposium Webinar Series: Legal Privileges in Accident Investigations for Lawyers and Non-Lawyers

You’re invited

Aviation Symposium Webinar Series

Thursday, March 16, 2017
1–2:30 p.m. ET

Webinar – no charge

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Legal Privileges in Accident Investigations for Lawyers and Non-Lawyers

Please join us for unique webinar aimed at lawyers and non-lawyers alike. We will address a wide range of questions surrounding attorney-client privilege, work product privilege and self-evaluative privilege. Topics will include:

  • What these legal privileges are—and what they’re not
  • How to preserve them and how to lose them
  • How the National Transportation Safety Board’s process interacts with privilege issues
  • Important considerations when writing emails, reports and memoranda
  • Who owns legal privilege

This webinar, like all Aviation Symposium Webinar Series programs, is free of charge.

Questions

Please contact Barbara Butler at +1 703 336 8704 or barbara.butler@dentons.com.

 

You’re invited – Aviation Symposium Webinar Series: Legal Privileges in Accident Investigations for Lawyers and Non-Lawyers

Third Party Providers: What They Are, What They Do and What You Need to Know About Using Them

The Airline Symposium, held annually in February, has grown in both numbers and profile over the last nine years. To bring you the Symposium’s benefits all year long, we are pleased to invite you to the Airline Symposium Webinar Series. These complimentary hour-long webinars take a more in-depth look at subjects touched on at the Symposium.

Dentons is proud to work with Deborah Thompson, a recognized expert in airline emergency response and family assistance, to bring you these events.

This webinar will focus on selecting and using third-party family assistance support providers following an incident or accident. We will discuss:

  • What a third-party provider is
  • What services a third-party provider offers
  • Levels of services available
  • Who offers these services
  • How to hire and control third-party providers
  • How to differentiate among providers
  • The role of the Red Cross at the local and national levels
  • Interfacing third-party providers with company personnel, passengers and families
  • And many other aspects of this little examined topic

We hope you can join us on August 5. If you’re unable to attend, a recording of the webinar will be made available after the event.

Event Details
Webinar

Date and Time
August 5, 2015
1:00-2:30 pm ET

Contact
Ann Gammon
D +1 202 496 7387

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Third Party Providers: What They Are, What They Do and What You Need to Know About Using Them

Webinar Roundtable: Insurance and UAS Operations

What You Should Be Looking for in an Insurer and What Insurers Are Looking for From You

Everyone knows they need insurance, but how do you get it?  This webinar will feature a distinguished panel of insurance professionals who write policies that cover all aspects of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry.  They will present you with a lively discussion and practical information you need to know before you begin your UAS operations.

Join us to learn more about:

  • What insurers are writing UAS policies?
  • Who are the key brokers?
  • How much coverage do you need?
  • How much, if any, of your liability is it safe to “self-insure?”
  • If you are a service provider, how do you get your customers to be “additional insureds”   on your policy
  • What are insurers looking for in a customer.
  • What can you do to lower your premiums.
  • How can you convince an insurer that you are a responsible operator?
  • What types of safety management systems should you have?
  • How can you mitigate and/or shift risks?

Event Details
Webinar
Date and Time
July 30, 2015
1:30-3:00 pm ET
Contact
Ann Cabiness
D +1 202 496 7387

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Webinar Roundtable: Insurance and UAS Operations