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September 6, 2011 at 8:55 am | Posted in NCRSASL News | Leave a comment

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Austria and Bolivia pass new telecom laws

September 6, 2011 at 7:57 am | Posted in Telecommunications | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty


Austrian govt unveils telecom law change proposal


Bolivia: New Telecommunications Law


Source: Library of Congress

Jamaica: PM Statement to Parliament on Digicel’s Acquisition of Claro

September 6, 2011 at 7:52 am | Posted in Telecommunications | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Jamaica Information Service


Members of this Honourable House would be aware that telecommunications providers, Digicel and Claro, have entered into an agreement under which Digicel would acquire 100% of Claro’s shares and, hence, assignment of Claro’s licences.

This agreement, as required by section 17(3) of the Telecommunications Act, is subject to ministerial approval and a joint application to this end dated March 17th 2011 was submitted to me. The proposed acquisition is part of a tri-country deal with reciprocal arrangements for a similar transfer of ownership from Digicel to Claro of Digicel’s assets in Honduras and El Salvador… [Full statement]

FAA Spaceport grants will strengthen America’s commercial space industry

September 6, 2011 at 7:45 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara  M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Space Travel

by Ray LaHood
US Secretary of Transportation.
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 31, 2011

If you’re like me, you probably watched the final landing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis last month with a strong sense of nostalgia for an astounding era in American space travel. The good news is that the Federal Aviation Administration has been working hard to usher in a new era for U.S. space transportation.

I’m excited to announce that the FAA is awarding grants to projects at three spaceports. With matching support, these projects will develop and expand our nation’s commercial space transportation infrastructure.

These grants will go a long way toward meeting President Obama’s National Space Policy and its greater emphasis on using the commercial space industry to meet our current and future space transportation needs.

That’s right; although the NASA Shuttle era has drawn to a close, the U.S. already has a commercial space transportation industry that is ready, willing, and able to meet the challenges of providing access to space for science, research, tourism, and other national needs. This industry is absolutely poised to take American space transportation to the next level.

And, since 1984, the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation has been in charge of regulating and promoting this dynamic sector. The new matching grants are just the latest example of that support.

The FAA has also issued licenses for more than 200 launches, licensed eight FAA-approved launch sites known as spaceports, and helped ensure that no loss of life or serious injury has been associated with these efforts.

That good work continues with these grants to three projects:

+ $125,000 to the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport to improve security and remote monitoring;

+ $125,000 to the East Kern Airport District’s Mojave Air and Space Port in California for a Supplemental Environmental Assessment; and

+ $249,378 to the New Mexico Space Port Authority’s Spaceport America to construct a mobile structure to prepare larger rockets before launch.

I think the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation has a terrific record, and I am confident these grants will provide another step in the right direction. I hope you’ll join me in getting excited about America’s next great era of space travel.

Seminar: Insurance in Business Aviation, 4 November 2011 in London, UK

September 6, 2011 at 7:36 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Aeropodium

Insurance in Business Aviation

Friday 4th November 2011

London, UK


The aim of this event is to provide an explanation of basic insurance terms in the context of aircraft finance and ownership structures. The seminar will also concentrate on the practical aspects of how the insurance market works. Gates and Partners together with a panel of brokers, underwriters and adjusters will explain the legal and practical aspects of aviation insurance.

The seminar is aimed at financiers, lessors, owners and operators of aircraft.

Agenda Highlights

Overview of insurance language and practices in aviation

– Insurance and reinsurance, hull and liability insurance, legal liability to third parties and to passengers

– Agreed value versus market value – what is the difference in finance terms?

– Sole loss payees and additional insureds

– The difference between a certificate of insurance and the underlying policy

– Fleet policies versus single aircraft policies

– War, hijacking and other perils – exemptions and exclusions

– Denial of coverage – breach of sanctions and regulations, non-payment of premiums, illegal public charter

– Jurisdictional risk

– The Lloyds insurance market and the international market – insurance and reinsurance

– Breach of Warranty and its effects

Panel discussion

Expert underwriters, brokers and lawyers will be invited to take part in a panel discussion to debate issues affecting the finance industry such as:

– AVN67B – what does it really mean and does it really work in practice?

– Do assignments of insurance protect the financiers interests? How do they work in practice?

– EU regulation on third party liability limits – does the regulation need to be reviewed in the context of recent claims?

– How safe is the reinsurance market? Should the AIG example make financiers nervous

Claims Handling

A review of how claims are handled in practice; negotiation of the hull release; the financiers’ part in the whole process; what is loss adjusting?

Risk Management

– Discussion on how operators and airlines can better protect themselves – should the financiers care? Emergency response planning, audit and information procedures, reviewing contractual risk and exposure.

International update

– Negligent Entrustment – The Cook County Judgement

– Criminalisation of aircraft accidents in Europe

– Aircraft repossession insurance

– Recent examples

For more information and registration about the Agenda and to Register:

Taking Time to Celebrate the Fruits of Our Labor…

September 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Posted in Celebrations | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

See you Tuesday!

Hearing: Full Committee Hearing – Impacts of the LightSquared Network

September 2, 2011 at 10:17 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology:

Full Committee Hearing – Impacts of the LightSquared Network
2318 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 | 09/08/2011 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Impacts of the LightSquared Network on Federal Science Activities


Mr. Anthony Russo, Director, The National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing

Ms. Mary Glackin, Deputy Under Secretary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Mr. Badri Younes, Deputy Associate Administrator, Space Communications and Navigation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Mr. Peter Appel, Administrator, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation

Dr. David Applegate, Associate Director, Natural Hazards, U.S. Geological Survey

Dr. Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University

Remarks by the President on Transportation Bill and FAA Bill Extension

September 2, 2011 at 9:38 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – The White House:

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
August 31, 2011
Remarks by the President on Transportation Bill and FAA Bill Extension

Rose Garden

Note the corrected name of the employer of the individuals mentioned below:

*Adam Vencill and Chris Negley, KCI Technologies
**Hector Sealey and Austin Anderson, Ft. Myer Construction Corporation

10:45 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. Please have a seat. I want to say a few words about an issue that affects thousands of American workers, as well as millions of Americans who drive on our nation’s roads and bridges every single day.

At the end of September, if Congress doesn’t act, the transportation bill will expire. This bill provides funding for highway construction, bridge repair, mass transit systems and other essential projects that keep our people and our commerce moving quickly and safely. And for construction workers and their families across the country, it represents the difference between making ends meet or not making ends meet.

If we allow the transportation bill to expire, over 4,000 workers will be immediately furloughed without pay. If it’s delayed for just 10 days, it will lose nearly $1 billion in highway funding — that’s money we can never get back. And if it’s delayed even longer, almost one million workers could lose their jobs over the course of the next year.

That includes some of the folks behind me today. We’ve got Adam Vencill and Chris Negley who are with the Federal Highway Administration.* We’ve got Hector Sealey and Austin Anderson who work for the Fort Myers Construction Company.** If we don’t extend this bill by the end of September, all of them will be out of a job — just because of politics in Washington.

And that’s just not acceptable. That’s inexcusable. It’s inexcusable to put more jobs at risk in an industry that’s already been one of the hardest hit over the last decade. It’s inexcusable to cut off necessary investments at a time when so many of our highways are choked with congestion, when so many of our bridges are in need of repair, when so many commuters depend on reliable public transit, and when travel and shipping delays cost businesses billions of dollars every single year.

Now, if this story sounds familiar, that’s because we’ve heard it before. Just a few weeks ago, Congress refused to act on another bill, typically a routine bill, that would have ended up pulling thousands of aviation workers off the job and delaying necessary airport improvement projects across the country. And when Congress finally got their act together, they only funded the FAA until September 16th. That’s why, when they come back next month, not only do they need to pass the transportation bill but they’ve also got to pass a clean extension of that FAA bill — for longer this time — and address back pay for the workers who were laid off during the last shutdown.

At a time when a lot of people in Washington are talking about creating jobs, it’s time to stop the political gamesmanship that can actually cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. This should not be a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. This transportation bill has been renewed seven times in the last two years alone. That’s why my Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood — a Republican — is with me today, along with David Chavern from the Chamber of Commerce, and Rich Trumka of the AFL-CIO — two organizations who don’t always see eye-to-eye on things — because they agree on how important it is for our economy that Congress act now.

So I’m calling on Congress, as soon as they come back, to pass a clean extension of the surface transportation bill, along with a clean extension of the FAA bill, to give workers and communities across America the confidence that vital construction projects won’t come to a halt.

After that’s done, I’m also proposing that we reform the way transportation money is invested, to eliminate waste, to give states more control over the projects that are right for them, and to make sure that we’re getting better results for the money that we spend. We need to stop funding projects based on whose district they’re in, and start funding them based on how much good they’re going to be doing for the American people. No more bridges to nowhere. No more projects that are simply funded because of somebody pulling strings. And we need to do this all in a way that gets the private sector more involved. That’s how we’re going to put construction workers back to work right now doing the work that America needs done — not just to boost our economy this year, but for the next 20 years.

Finally, in keeping with a recommendation from my Jobs Council, today I’m directing certain federal agencies to identify high-priority infrastructure projects that can put people back to work. And these projects — these are projects that are already funded, and with some focused attention, we could expedite the permitting decisions and reviews necessary to get construction underway more quickly while still protecting safety, public health, and the environment.

Tomorrow in Dallas, my Jobs Council will meet with local jobs — local business owners and other folks about what we’ve done so far to rebuild our infrastructure and what we can do to make sure that America is moving even faster in getting people back to work.

That’s what we’re going to need to do in the short term — keep people on the job, keep vital projects moving forward, fund projects that are already underway in a smarter way. Of course, if we’re honest, we also know that when it comes to our nation’s infrastructure -– our roads, our railways, mass transit, airports -– we shouldn’t just be playing patch-up or catch-up, we should be leading the world. Ten years ago, our nation’s infrastructure was ranked 6th globally. Today, it’s 23rd. We invest half as much in our infrastructure as we did 50 years ago, with more than one and a half the number of people. Everybody can see the consequences.

And that’s unacceptable for a nation that’s always dreamed big and built big — from transcontinental railroads to the Interstate Highway System. And it’s unacceptable when countries like China are building high-speed rail networks and gleaming new airports while more than a million construction workers who could be doing the same thing are unemployed right here in America.

And so when Congress is back next week, in addition to passing these clean extensions to prevent any halt on existing work, we’re going to have to have a serious conversation in this country about making real, lasting investments in our infrastructure — from better ports to a smarter electric grid; from high-speed Internet to high-speed rail. And at a time when interest rates are low and workers are unemployed, the best time to make those investments is right now — not once another levee fails or another bridge falls. Right now is when we need to be making these decisions.

Now is the time for Congress to extend the transportation bill, keep our workers on the job. Now is the time to put our country before party and to give certainty to the people who are just trying to get by. There is work to be done. There are workers ready to do it. And that’s why I expect Congress to act immediately.

And to all the folks who are here on the stage, thank you for the outstanding work you’re doing in helping to maintain our nation’s infrastructure.

Thank you very much, everybody. (Applause.)

10:54 A.M. EDT

UK government updates aviation CO2 forecasts to 2050 and analyses policy levers to achieve reductions

August 31, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Green Air

Fri 26 Aug 2011 – We are anti-carbon, not anti-aviation, claims the UK government in a new report published by the Department for Transport (DfT) in response to a major study released in December 2009 by the government’s climate change advisers, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), on reducing UK aviation carbon emissions out to 2050. The target is to rein back emissions to 2005 levels by 2050 but forecasts by the DfT show that they will continue to rise steadily to 2040 and policy interventions alongside new technologies and measures will be required to stem the growth and then achieve real reductions. The DfT report updates previous long-term CO2 projections and also provides an analysis of which measures will provide the most cost-effective means of reducing emissions. The government is currently consulting with stakeholders as it forms a strategy for achieving the sustainable growth of the UK aviation industry, with a framework due for release in March 2013. [Full story]

More Nations Join U.S. in Fight against EU-ETS

August 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: AIN

With the U.S., Australia, Canada and China having expressed objections to the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), now China and Russia are said to be soliciting other nations to help oppose the European plan.

According to China Daily, China will not comply with the EU demands and will take legal action at a future date against the plan. The newspaper quoted Chai Haibo, deputy secretary-general of the China Air Transport Association (CATA), as saying the EU-ETS is “radically unreasonable” and the association is not going to follow it or apply for an exemption. [more]

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