ATA Calls for National Airline Policy

August 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – Aero-News Network:

Air Transport Association Calls For National Airline Policy
Urges FAA To Step Up Implementation Of New Air Traffic Procedures

Airline industry trade group ATA issued a call Monday for the FAA to accelerate its timetable for implementing new and more efficient air traffic procedures, a key pillar of a needed National Airline Policy. “Near-term FAA action will help government focus on priorities that can provide immediate economic – and importantly – customer-service benefits,” said ATA President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio (pictured) in a speech to the Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit. “The airline industry faces daunting levels of taxation and regulation, and not addressing these matters quickly stifles our ability to further drive economic growth and puts us at greater risk to foreign competition.” . . . [Full Story]

Space Agencies Meet To Discuss A Global Exploration Roadmap

August 31, 2011 at 11:33 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: NASA

RELEASE : 11-280

Space Agencies Meet To Discuss A Global Exploration Roadmap

WASHINGTON — Senior managers representing 10 space agencies from around the world met in Kyoto, Japan today to advance the Global Exploration Roadmap for coordinated space exploration.

During the past year, the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) has developed a long-range human exploration strategy. It begins with the International Space Station and expands human presence throughout the solar system, leading ultimately to human missions to explore the surface of Mars. The roadmap flows from this strategy and identifies two potential pathways: “Asteroid Next” and “Moon Next.”

Each pathway represents a mission scenario over a 25-year period describing a logical sequence of robotic and human missions. Both pathways were deemed practical approaches addressing common high-level exploration goals developed by the participating agencies, recognizing that individual preferences among participating space agencies may vary regarding these pathways.

The first iteration of the roadmap will inform and focus the planning currently underway in each of the partner agencies in the areas of planetary robotic exploration, advanced technology development and use of the space station in preparation for exploration. It was agreed that during the next few weeks, this initial version of the Global Exploration Roadmap would be finalized and released to the public.

Yoshiyuki Hasagawa of Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency, in his capacity as chairman of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group said, “We are very happy with the progress of the Global Exploration Roadmap to technically coordinate both near and long term space exploration planning, with world space agencies.”

During the meeting, the senior agency managers also reaffirmed the role of the ISECG to facilitate the ability of space agencies to take concrete steps toward partnerships that reflect a globally coordinated exploration effort.

“NASA is confident that the release of this product, and subsequent refinements as circumstances within each space agency evolve, will facilitate the ability of space agencies to form the partnerships that will ensure robust and sustainable human exploration,” said NASA’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations and outgoing ISECG chair William Gerstenmaier.

The ISECG was established as a voluntary, non-binding international coordination forum, where the partner agencies that contributed to the Global Exploration Strategy (GES) can exchange information regarding interests, plans, and activities in space exploration.

The GES set forth a shared vision for concerted human and robotic space exploration missions focused on solar system destinations where humans may one day live and work. Another stated goal is to encourage the partners to work together on strengthening both individual exploration programs and collective efforts.

The development of the Global Exploration Roadmap is the second step toward achieving this goal, following the development of the ISECG Reference Architecture for Human Lunar Exploration.

The countries participating in the meeting included in alphabetical order: Canada, Europe, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States.

For more information about NASA and human exploration visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/index.html

US Agency DARPA to fund external study on human transportation to outer space

August 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: NY Times

The government agency that helped invent the Internet now wants to do the same for travel to the stars.

In what is perhaps the ultimate startup opportunity, Darpa, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, plans to award some lucky, ambitious and star-struck organization roughly $500,000 in seed money to begin studying what it would take — organizationally, technically, sociologically and ethically — to send humans to another star, a challenge of such magnitude that the study alone could take a hundred years.

The awarding of that grant, on Nov. 11 — 11/11/11 — is planned as the culmination of a yearlong Darpa-NASA effort called the 100-Year Starship Study, which started quietly last winter and will include a three-day public symposium in Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 30 on the whys and wherefores of interstellar travel. [Full story]

AOPA, NBAA formally file court brief to preserve BARR

August 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: AOPA

AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) filed their opening brief in court Aug. 29 to challenge the government’s decision to severely limit the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program.

In their briefing, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the associations argue that the FAA’s revisions to the BARR program are unlawful and should be invalidated.

“The FAA has failed to explain why it reversed its long-standing policy recognizing that very real concerns about safety, security and competitiveness justify giving aircraft owners and operators a way to ‘opt-out’ of having their flights tracked by anyone, anywhere in the world with an Internet connection,” said NBAA President Ed Bolen. “This reality has been pointed out in the overwhelming opposition to the government’s plans for the BARR. The government ignored these concerns, but we believe the court will not be so dismissive.” [more]

WIA Event: Safety and Security: How 9/11 Changed Aviation, on Sept. 11, 2011 in Arlington, VA

August 30, 2011 at 8:46 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: WIA

Safety and Security:

How 9/11 Changed Aviation

Panel discussions in honor of the 10 year anniversary

of September 11, 2001

PANEL 1:  9-11 Events: Response and Lessons Learned   

During the first Panel, hear from panelists who had leadership responsibilities for responding to the events that unfolded on 9/11. They will share how decisions were made, how the aviation system returned to normal operations, and the lessons they learned. Their stories of the public and private sectors working together and the heroism they witnessed are truly remarkable.

Featuring:

Melissa Rudinger, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs,  Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association 

Jeanne Olivier, Assistant Director, Aviation, Security & Technology, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Linda Schuessler, VP for Air Traffic Operations for The Washington Consulting Group

PANEL 2:  Then and Now — What Changes Have Been Made

The experts on Panel Two will address what has changed for aviation in the ensuing years,  including voluntary and regulatory rules; new technology and procedures for aircraft,  airports and passengers; and best practices for safety and security across the global aviation industry. Learn how far we’ve come and what challenges still lie ahead.

Featuring:

Nancy Graham, Director, Air Navigation Bureau, International  

Civil Aviation Organization    

Nancy Kalinowski, Vice President, System Operations Services,  

Federal Aviation Administration and Former VP System Operations Services,  

Federal Aviation Administration

Bonnie A. Wilson, Chief Operating Officer, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority

Panel Moderator: Lillian Ryals, Executive Director, Next Generation Air Transportation System, The MITRE Corporation

Thursday, September 8, 2011

8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Reagan National Airport

Historic Terminal A

Arlington, VA

Metro: Take the Blue or Yellow line to the Ronald Reagan National Airport Stop

Schedule of Events:

8:00 a.m. Registration, Networking  and Continental Breakfast  

8:30 a.m. Panel Discussion 1  

10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion 2

12:30 p.m. Adjourn

Please note the program will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.     

 Click here to register. 

Library: A Round-up of Reading

August 29, 2011 at 11:55 am | Posted in Library | Leave a comment

Books
ESPI, Yearbook on Space Policy 2009/2010: Space for Society (Springer 2011).

Blogs
NASA Scientific Integrity Response Under Fire – NASA Watch

Being A Little More Open About Advisory Committees – NASA Watch

Being A Little More Open About Conflict of Interest Waivers – NASA Watch

1957: Space Law – As They Saw It

The Spatial Law and Policy Update (August 23, 2011) – Spatial Law and Policy

When A Helicopter Hits An Offshore Oil Platform And Then Crashes Into The Ocean – Aviation Law Monitor

NRO Has “Most Aggressive” Launch Record in 25 Years – Secrecy News

Virginia spaceport gains improvement grant – Spaceports

Spaceport America FAA grant to improve vertical launch facilities – RLV and Space Transport News

Flying While Black and Reading Antique Aviation Books lands folk musician in Security Theater Hell – Boing Boing

Dish Network Gives LightSquared Yet Another Headache – NSGIC

Annual Space Conference: European Space Governance: the Outlook, on Sept. 13, 2011 in Brussels

August 29, 2011 at 8:54 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Ifri (Institut francais des relations internationales)

European Space Governance: the Outlook

Annual Space Conference organized by SWF and IFRI

 

The conference will provide a snapshot of the current governance of space programs in Europe. The first panel will explore structural issues: the implications of the Lisbon Treaty in terms of policy, the legal context for space activities in Europe and the burning topic of sustainable funding. The second panel will address the perspectives in term of governance of three important programs: Galileo, GMES and MUSIS. The last panel will focus on specific stakeholders of European space policy, addressing the future of national agencies and the space-related activities of the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the European External Action Service (EEAS). Last but not least, a keynote speaker will explain the current diplomatic activity around the adoption of an international Code of Conduct in space. Each panel will be followed by a debate with the audience.

8:30 – Registration and coffee

9:00-9:15 – Introduction: The basics of European space governance

Christophe VENET, Research Associate to the Space Policy Program, Ifri

9:15-11:00 – Panel 1: European space governance after the Lisbon Treaty

The first panel will explore structural issues: the institutional interplay between the various European stakeholders, the implications of the Lisbon Treaty in terms of policy, the place of national actors in the European governance scheme and the burning topic of sustainable funding. Moderator: Agnieszka LUKASZCZYK, Space Policy Consultant, Secure World Foundation.

“Policy implications of the Lisbon Treaty and governance evolutions”

Gaëlle MICHELIER, Policy Officer, Space Policy & Coordination Unit, Enterprise and Industry DG, European Commission

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“The legal framework of space activities in Europe”

Tanja MASSON-ZWAAN, Deputy Director, International Institute of Air & Space Law, Leiden University.

“How to make spacsystems financially sustainable?” 

Maria BUZDUGAN, Legal Officer, EU satellite navigation programs: Legal, Financial and Institutional Aspects, Enterprise and Industry DG, European Commission.

“Procurement rules: towards a third way?” 
Rik HANSEN, Research Fellow, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, Leuven Catholic University

11:00-11:30 – Coffee break 

11:30-13:00 – Panel 2: Governance issues for specific programs

The second panel will address the future governance perspectives of three important programs: Galileo, GMES and MUSIS.

Moderator: Katarzyna CHAJEC,  Second Secretary from the Polish Permanent Mission to the EU (TBD)
   
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“EGNOS and Galileo: which governance for the operational phase?”

Gérard BRACHET, Consultant in space policy, Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation 
 
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“GMES: which governance scheme after 2013?”

Josef ASCHBACHER, Head, GMES Space Office, European Space Agency.  

“MUSIS: The promises and limitations of multilateral cooperation endeavors”

Olivier JEHIN, Editor of Europe Diplomacy and Defence
 
13:00-14:00 – Buffet lunch

14:00-14:30 – Keynote speech on the Code of Conduct for outer space activities

How is the international community warming up to the EU proposal?
Pierre-Louis LEMPEREUR, CODUN SPACE Chair, Non-proliferation and disarmament directorate, European Union External Action Service

14:30-16:00 – Panel 3: Entities and agencies in the wider European framework

The last panel will focus on specific stakeholders of European space policy, addressing both the space-related activities of the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the European Action Service (EEAS), and the future of national agencies.

Moderator: Laurence NARDON, Head of the Space Policy Program, Ifri
 
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“What is the future role for national space agencies?” 
Jan KOLAR, Director, Czech Space Office

“A growing role for EDA in space”

Denis TRIOULAIRE, Capability Manager Knowledge, European Defence Agency
  
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“How can space support the EU external actions?” 
TBD

16:00-16h30 – Wrap up of the day 
Michael SIMPSON, Senior Program Manager, Secure World Foundation

Lieu : Conseil Central de l’Economie, avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée 17-21, Brussels
Organisateurs : contact: breux@ifri.org

3rd Annual Aviation Asset Management in the Middle East Summit on Nov. 10, 2011 in Dubai

August 29, 2011 at 7:48 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Aeropodium

3rd Annual

Aviation Asset Management in the Middle East

 Thursday 10th November 2011

Dubai, UAE

The 3rd Annual Aviation Asset Management in the Middle East Summit will take place prior to this year’s Dubai Airshow.

CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN

Dr. Donald H. Bunker, Managing Director, Donald H. Bunker & Associates

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Stephen Hands, Vice President Marketing and Sales, Fokker Aircraft Services

B. Patrick Honnebier, Of Counsel, Gomez & Bikker Law Offices

Leonard Favre, Vice President Business Development & Strategy, Maximus Air

Bobby Janagan, Marketing Director – Engine Leasing, Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance

Yves Lavigne, Owner – Partner, Regio Lease

Roland Moore, Aviation Attorney

Neil Moyes, Lufthansa Consulting

Philippe Poutissou, Vice-President, Marketing, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft

Capt. Sakeer C. Sheik, Managing Director, Titan Aviation

Rahul Shah, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Middle East, Africa & India Operations, AAR

Robin Springthorpe, Partner – Aviation, Bird & Bird

Ton van Rooijen, Senior Director, Aircraft Financing & Trading (AFT)

For more information and to register, please visit www.aeropodium.com/cp/aamme.html

California bill concerning flight-training fees clears state Assembly

August 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: AOPA

A bill that would exempt California fight training organizations from onerous fees and reporting requirements imposed by a 2009 post-secondary education law took a major step toward final passage Aug. 25 with approval by the state Assembly.

Senate Bill 619 was then referred back to the Senate, which had passed the measure in May, for adoption of technical corrections. The corrections include an urgency clause that would make the bill effective immediately on its being signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, said AOPA Vice President of Airports and State Advocacy Greg Pecoraro. [more]

FAA announces aviation rulemaking committee to review aircraft certification standards

August 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: AOPA 

The FAA on Aug. 22 announced that it will convene an aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) to review and make recommendations for rewriting aircraft certification standards. The ARC members will be tasked with determining the best way to move Part 23 of the federal aviation regulations (which governs the aircraft certification process for many aircraft flown in GA) from weight and propulsion-based certification standards to aircraft complexity and performance-based standards. The committee also will address recommendations to make it easier to install safety-enhancing equipment in older airplanes.

The ARC will build on recommendations from a 2008 study of aircraft certification in which AOPA and other industry groups participated. The team called for a certification process that better reflected the range of performance and complexity in today’s fleet.  [Full story]

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