Plane-ly Spoken

Insightful commentary on regulation and litigation impacting the aviation industry

Richard Branson once said, “If you want to be a Millionaire, start with a billion dollars and launch a new airline.”  This is one of those sayings that falls into the category of, it’s funny because it’s true.  In fact, the saying applies equally to most new undertakings in aviation, including the design, certification, and manufacture of a new aircraft. In this three part series, we will be taking a look at one of the…
For those of you who may have missed the live presentation of the latest in our ongoing UAS Webinar Series, “Drone Defense: Rules, Regulations, Dos and Don’ts,” you can view the entire  presentation by clicking on the links below. The slide deck from the webinar is available here. The webinar recording is available here. Check back here for updates on the next webinar, which will be held on November 21, 2019!…
As most readers know, the lack of a standard for the remote identification of unmanned aircraft has held up progress in a number of areas critical for integration of UAS into the national airspace system.  Rules for flight over people and in heavily congested areas, protection of critical infrastructure, beyond visual line of sight operations and unmanned traffic management, and effective counter-drone systems all require a remote ID solution.  We are happy to report that,…
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Noon ET The United States is home to 1.3 million registered drones. The Department of Homeland Security cannot quantify the number that are unregistered, but more than 7 million drones are expected to have been sold in the U.S. by 2020. As the number of drones increases, so does the likelihood that a drone will be used in a terrorist attack or other criminal activity. Join Mark Dombroff and Mark McKinnon, partners in…
On August 1 2019, we told our readers/followers that Plane-ly Spoken was coming in for a landing as the Aviation Team packed its luggage (and boxes) and re-located to a new airport.  Well, both the Aviation Team and Plane-ly Spoken have landed, taxied to the gate and unloaded our belongings.  And so, the Fox Rothschild Aviation Team welcomes you back on-board. In the weeks ahead, we’ll have updates on the wonderful world of drones, the…
The Planely Spoken Blog is the work of a talented group of aviation lawyers who have been together for decades.  We use Planely Spoken to provide you with our unique take on the issues of the day, to notify you about our upcoming events and webinars, and occasionally, we even break news.  Planely Spoken has had several different homes over the years.  As many of you know, effective August 19, 2019, our entire aviation team…
In Part I of this post, we described various provisions in the Promoting the Launch of Aviation’s Next Era Act of 2019 (the PLANE Act of 2019), S. 2198,  as introduced by Senators Inhofe (OK) and King (ME) on July 23.  There we focused on Title I of the bill, “Fairness for Pilots,” (sections 101 to 105).  In this post, we focus on provisions in the other five titles of the bill that will…
On July 23, Senators Inhofe (OK) and King (ME), introduced the Promoting the Launch of Aviation’s Next Era Act of 2019 (the PLANE Act of 2019), S. 2198, a 38-page bill which according to  press releases from Senator Inhofe’s and Senator King’s offices, “would empower the voices of pilots, invest in airport infrastructure and ensure more opportunities for a trained aviation workforce.”  In a recent letter to  both Senators, thirteen aviation associations indicated their…