Plane-ly Spoken Blog

Plane-ly Spoken provides insightful commentary on important developments in aviation law, litigation and regulation. Written by the experienced attorneys of Fox Rothschild's Aviation Law Practice, the blog covers major aviation court cases, breaking aviation industry news and key decisions by state, federal and international regulators.

Recent Blog Posts

  • Book Your Room Now for Our Aviation Symposium! Hotel Discounts Expire Monday The 2020 Aviation Symposium is less than a month away! The last day to reserve a discounted room is Monday, Jan. 13. Take advantage of reduced rates by booking your room today at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner or the DoubleTree by Hilton McLean Tysons. The symposium will provide insight on the major aviation issues of 2019, including the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines accidents and the many concerns they raise.... Read More... More
  • FAA Certification and Urban Air Mobility Changing a lightbulb in a commercial passenger aircraft is not so simple of a task as running down to the local aircraft parts store and picking up a couple of “Made in China” 60-watt generic lightbulbs and popping in a replacement.  Not only is the replacement lightbulb subject to FAA approval and regulatory oversite under 14 CFR Part 21, but so are the maintenance facility and the aircraft mechanic changing the lightbulb.  ... Read More... More
  • In Case You Missed Our “UAS Remote ID Rulemaking” Webinar For those of you who may have missed the live presentation of the latest UAS Webinar Series, “The Future of Drones: Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft – How It Will Work and What Does it Mean for You,” you can view the entire presentation by clicking on the links below. The webinar recording is available here.... Read More... More
  • Setting the Record Straight: The NTSB’s Authority to Investigate Commercial Space Launch Accidents Politico recently published the results of its investigation of the gaps in government agencies’ legal authorities to investigate space tourism accidents and impose safety protections for space launch participants. Politico’s article detailing the results of its investigation is comprehensive and sobering (A “Wild Environment’: Uncertain safety rules await space tourists,” December 25, 2019, There is one particular aspect of the article, however, that calls for clarification – the authority of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate commercial... More
  • FREE WEBINAR – The Future of Drones Is Here! FAA Releases Long-Awaited UAS Rule Wednesday, January 8, 2020 | 1 pm ET | 10 am PT After an 18-month delay, the FAA released a draft of the new rule for remote identification of unmanned aircraft, providing the industry with a comprehensive roadmap for the full implementation of the Remote ID system. Fortunately, you don’t have to wade through the 300-page draft because the Fox Rothschild Aviation team has done that for you! Join Fox Rothschild’s Aviation Practice Group for a complimentary 90-minute webinar on the Remote ID Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.... Read More... More
  • “Finally!!!” . . . . FAA Releases UAS Remote ID NPRM The future of drones is finally here!  After an 18 month delay, the FAA has released a draft of the new rules for remote identification of unmanned aircraft.  The draft rule weighs in at over 300 pages, and provides a comprehensive roadmap for the full implementation of the Remote ID system. The proposed Remote ID system relies heavily on third party service providers, which are expected to collect identification and location data from UAs in-flight in real-time.... Read More... More
  • A Slippery Slope . . . Redefining the National Airspace System The manned and unmanned aviation communities do not see eye-to-eye on any number of issues.  Each side has a vision of how unmanned aircraft fit into the National Airspace System, and each side continually engages with the FAA to push that vision.  While the FAA’s attempt to balance these competing views often leaves one or both sides disappointed, one thing that both sides agree on is that these decisions should be left to the FAA.... Read More... More
  • Ready for Download! The 2020 Fox Aviation Symposium Mobile App Is Live Our complimentary 2020 Aviation Symposium mobile app for Apple and Android is live and ready to be downloaded to your device. The Aviation Symposium App will enhance your symposium experience by providing the most up-to-date schedule and session locations, speaker information, an attendee list and the opportunity to share live feedback throughout the presentations. This year’s symposium — scheduled for February 4 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean, VA  — covers the major aviation issues of 2019, including the Lion Air and... More
  • “We’re Going to Have a Slight Delay . . . . “ DOT Proposes New Tarmac Rules On April 25, 2011, in response to a number of high profile incidents, the DOT published the “Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections” rule to put hard limits on what constitutes an acceptable tarmac delay for a loaded passenger plane.  The rule required carriers to adopt contingency plans for such delays, and limit delays to three hours for domestic flights and four hours for international flights. ... Read More... More
  • FAA Efforts Aim to Reduce Drone Jurisdictional Disputes In an article for Law360, Mark Dombroff explains how the Federal Aviation Administration and local governments continue to vie for control of the airspace being used by drones — an issue that will only intensify in the coming year. The FAA has been working on new rules to permit drones to fly directly over large concentrations of people. These so-called remote identification rules will allow for detection and identification of unmanned aircraft no matter where they fly.... Read More... More