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

  • Whistleblower Case Presents Interesting Twist On Concept of Retaliation Under False Claims Act Nowadays, whistleblowing is a very important issue, especially in these times of COVID-19 and in that vein, there are new and “creative” ways for employers to allegedly retaliate against employees who wish to report wrongdoing.  In a recent variation on this theme, a Contracts Manager has sued Airbus Group under the False Claims Act, claiming that the Company falsely “turned him in” to the FBI after he stated that he believed the Company’s accounting practices were suspect and, more importantly,... More
  • UAS Certification . . . . The Rule-Making Process Progresses True integration of unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System will only come when advanced designs finally receive type certification.  The FAA has clearly been working on certification issues behind the scenes, and is finally ready to make the next step public.  The FAA has finally decided to seek public input on the criteria that it will use to certify these cutting edge UAS designs. Since November 20th, the FAA has published its design criteria for eight aircraft and opened a... More
  • The 2021 Aviation Symposium NOW FULLY VIRTUAL! Save the date for our 15th annual Aviation Symposium! February 2-4, 2021 “An Airplane Is Down…”  Emergency Preparation and Response in the Pandemic Era (and Beyond) Our fully virtual 2021 symposium features panels and presentations on cutting-edge issues, as well as our annual full-scale emergency drill. This year’s drill will respond to a fact-driven “accident” and will address the company GO team, corporate command center, family assistance, accident investigation and media, as well as the host of issues arising from any aviation accident... More
  • Is Your Company Prepared for the Worst? An AERO Webinar on Emergency Preparedness and Response for Corporate and Business Aviation, Hosted by Go Crisis   November 17, 2020 – 11:00 to 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time In today’s world, corporate and business aviation has taken on an even greater importance.  One of the worst nightmares any corporate operator can have is the phone call that the aircraft carrying your employees has had an accident.  As horrific as this may be to contemplate, the dimensions of the event are magnified and... More
  • “Welcome Aboard….This is Your Aircraft Speaking”…..The Next Age of Aviation In this two-part article co-authored by Erin Rivera and  Anna Detetrick, we discuss the pathway to certification for the next-generation of autonomous aircraft. Part 1: Moving from automation to autonomy in aviation Part 2: Certification challenges for autonomous aircraft systems        ... More
  • FAA Weighs in on Aviation Insurance Virtually all Americans know that the FAA regulates air carrier safety in the United States.  However, most Americans are unaware that the Department of Transportation also maintains oversight of air carrier operations through a robust set of economic regulations.  According to a newly released Information for Operators (InFO), the FAA is concerned that a number of direct air carriers are also unaware of some of these economic regulations. On October 21, 2020, FAA Flight Standards Service released InFO 20006, to “remind”... More
  • Update: COVID-19 and the FAA Earlier this week, the FAA issued its Updated Interim Occupational Health and Safety Guidance for Air Carriers and Crews.  The updated Guidance continues to urge that crewmembers who exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 cease work, and only return after they meet the CDC’s criteria for Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID-19 Not in Healthcare Settings.  Similarly, the FAA also recommends that crewmembers with known exposure to COVID-19 not work until 14 days after the last potential exposure. While the... More
  • GAO Weighs in on Drones Back in 2018, the Congress tasked the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) with studying the role that state and local governments should play in the regulation of unmanned aircraft and the lower levels of the National Airspace System.  After nearly two years of work, the GAO has finally issued its report.  The report contains a compilation of the current state of the law regarding privacy, federal preemption, property owners’ rights in the airspace over their land, and related topics, and... More
  • Help Us Customize Fox Rothschild’s 2021 Aviation Symposium to Your Comfort Looking ahead to the 2021 Aviation Symposium: Accidents, Incidents & Emergency Response in a Pandemic Reality on February 2-4, we want to ensure that we accommodate the experience to the concerns of our attendees. While we’re optimistic that our free-to-attend Symposium in Mclean, Virginia will be a live event that follows necessary safety protocols, we recognize that COVID-19 remains a fluid situation. We want to ensure that we account for the comfort of our attendees. As we continue our planning, please... More
  • Join Us For Our Virtual Federal Contracts Symposium An essential aspect of the aviation industry is doing business with the United States Government. Whether you’re an airline, a charter or cargo operator, an MRO, a ground handler or a manufacturer, the considerations associated with having the federal government as a client is a world apart from operating in the commercial space. Join Fox’s Federal Government Contracts attorneys for targeted sessions and networking at our Federal Contracts Symposium. We are hosting our symposium via the interactive virtual platform Remo. We hope you’ll... More