Aviation Law Prof Blog Seeks Guest Bloggers

July 31, 2009 at 10:30 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

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From Aviation Law Prof Blog:

Guest Blog Posts

The Aviation Law Prof Blog welcomes guest posts from academics, attorneys, analysts, industry participants, and interested students of aviation law and policy on any topic related to the subjects considered on this blog. Guest posts may respond to content featured on the blog or explore entirely new issues. Those interested in contributing a guest post should submit the proposed text to either Brian Havel or Gabriel Sanchez. All submissions are subject to (light) editing and should not have appeared on another web-log or in print.

H. Res. 698: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the fatal crash of an MV-22 aircraft on April 8, 2000, in Marana, Arizona, was not a result of aircrew human factors or pilot error

July 31, 2009 at 10:29 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

United States CongressH. Res. 698: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the fatal crash of an MV-22 aircraft on April 8, 2000, in Marana, Arizona, was not a result of aircrew human factors or pilot error was introduced on July 30, 2009 by Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC3). The text is not yet available.

H. Res. 699: Expressing the appreciation of Congress for the service and sacrifice of the members of the 139th Airlift Wing, Air National Guard

July 31, 2009 at 10:26 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

United States CongressH. Res. 699: Expressing the appreciation of Congress for the service and sacrifice of the members of the 139th Airlift Wing, Air National Guard was introduced on July 30, 2009 by Rep. Samuel Graves (R-MO6):

HRES 699 IH

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 699

Expressing the appreciation of Congress for the service and sacrifice of the members of the 139th Airlift Wing, Air National Guard.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 30, 2009

Mr. GRAVES (for himself, Mr. LUETKEMEYER, Mrs. EMERSON, Mr. MOORE of Kansas, Ms. JENKINS, and Mr. CLEAVER) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services

RESOLUTION

Expressing the appreciation of Congress for the service and sacrifice of the members of the 139th Airlift Wing, Air National Guard.

Whereas the 139th Airlift Wing (AW), Air National Guard has its roots in the formation of the 180th Bombardment Squadron (Light), which was one of the first federally recognized Air National Guard units in the United States;

Whereas the 180th Bombardment Squadron deployed in support of the Korean War in December 1951;

Whereas in 1976 the unit was redesignated as the 139th Tactical Airlift Group (TAG);

Whereas in 1990 the 139th TAG assisted in troop deployment during Operation Desert Storm;

Whereas in 1992 the unit was redesignated the 139th Airlift Group (AG);

Whereas between 1992 and 1996 the 139th AG supported humanitarian operations in Bosnia, Sarajevo, Africa, and Haiti;

Whereas in 1995 the unit officially became known as the 139th Airlift Wing;

Whereas between 1998 and 2004, the 139th AW supported military operations alongside North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces as part of Operation Joint Forge in Europe;

Whereas in 2002 the 139th AW deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan;

Whereas the 139th AW hosts the world renowned Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center (AATTC);

Whereas NATO air forces utilize the AATTC in support of training operations;

Whereas in 2008 the Headquarters United States Air Force General Officers’ Steering Committee approved a Total Force Integration Initiative designating the AATTC a blended unit of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and Regular Air Force members;

Whereas in 2008 the AATTC was designated the Mobility Air Forces Tactics Center of Excellence;

Whereas in 2005 the 139th AW assisted with disaster relief efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina;

Whereas in December 2007 the 139th AW was enlisted to support efforts in response to a devastating ice storm that struck Northwest Missouri; and

Whereas the 139th AW has a tremendous positive economic impact in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas, accounting for nearly 2,500 civilian and military jobs: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) recognizes the exemplary service and sacrifice of the members of the 139th Airlift Wing and their families; and

(2) commends the members of the 139th AW and their families (and all of the other members of the Armed Forces who have served, or who are currently serving, in support of United States military contingency operations) for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States.

S. Res. 233: A resolution commending Russ Meyer on his induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame

July 31, 2009 at 10:23 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

United States CongressS. Res. 233: A resolution commending Russ Meyer on his induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame was introduced on Jul 30, 2009 by Sen. Samuel Brownback (R-KS).

Commission Regulation (EC) No 690/2009 of 30 July 2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and the Council on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency, and repealing Council Directive 91/670/EEC, Regulation (EC) No 1592/2002 and Directive 2004/36/EC

July 31, 2009 at 9:59 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

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Commission Regulation (EC) No 690/2009 of 30 July 2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and the Council on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency, and repealing Council Directive 91/670/EEC, Regulation (EC) No 1592/2002 and Directive 2004/36/EC was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (v. 52, L 199/6):

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, in particular Article 80(2) thereof,

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 February 2008 on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency, and repealing Council Directive 91/670/EEC, Regulation (EC) No 1592/2002 and Directive 2004/36/EC ( 1 ), and in particular Article 6(2) thereof,

Whereas:

(1) Article 6(1) of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 requires products, parts and appliances to comply with the environmental protection requirements of Annex 16 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (hereinafter Chicago Convention) as issued on 24 November 2005 for Volumes I and II, except for its Appendices.

(2) Annexe 16 of the Chicago Convention has been amended since the adoption of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008, with the incorporation of amendment 9 of Volume I and Amendment 6 of Volume II of 7 March 2008, both applicable since 20 November 2008.

(3) The measures provided for in this Regulation are based on the opinion issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (hereinafter the Agency) in accordance with Articles 17(2)(b) and 19(1) of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008. The Agency has advised that Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 should be amended in order to reflect the changes to the Chicago Convention.

(4) Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(5) The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee established by Article 65 of the Regulation (EC) No 216/2008,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1
Article 6(1) of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 is replaced by the following:

‘1. Products, parts and appliances shall comply with the environmental protection requirements contained in Amendment 9 of Volume I and in Amendment 6 of Volume II of Annex 16 to the Chicago Convention as applicable on 20 November 2008, except for the Appendices to Annex 16.’

Article 2
This Regulation shall enter into force the 20th day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Industry Information Day on the GMES Sentinel Data Policy

July 31, 2009 at 9:19 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

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From The European Commission on Enterprise and Industry:

Industry Information Day on the GMES Sentinel Data Policy

The EC and ESA invite you to attend an Industry Information day on the GMES Sentinel Data Policy to take place on 11 September 2009 in Brussels.

The meeting intends to inform about the GMES governance and information policy in general and the Sentinel Data Policy in particular. In addition, it provides a forum for discussions and for collecting views on the Sentinel Data Policy, especially from the European value adding and service industry, GMES services, other potential Sentinel data users, satellite data providers and distributors.

Background

GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) is an EC-led initiative to ensure Earth observation services on a sustainable basis, and tailored to the needs of users, including public policy makers and private citizens.

In the GMES Space Component, which guarantees access to a variety of Earth Observation (EO) data, EC and ESA are jointly funding the development of the Sentinel missions.

ESA and the EC are specifically working together to define the principles and implementation scheme of the Sentinel Data Policy.

NASA And Jaxa Sign Agreement For Future Earth Science Cooperation

July 31, 2009 at 9:15 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

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From NASA:

RELEASE : 09-177

NASA And Jaxa Sign Agreement For Future Earth Science Cooperation

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) President Keiji Tachikawa signed an agreement defining the terms of cooperation between the agencies on the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. The ceremony took place Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Building on the success of the NASA-JAXA Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), GPM will begin the measurement of global precipitation, a key climate factor. It is an international collaboration that includes NASA and JAXA, with anticipated contributions of data from other international partners.

GPM is also the cornerstone of the multinational Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Precipitation Constellation that addresses one of the key observations of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems. The heart of the GPM mission is a space-borne core observatory which serves as a reference standard to unify measurements from a constellation of multinational research and operational satellites carrying microwave sensors.

GPM will provide uniformly calibrated precipitation measurements globally every 2 to 4 hours for scientific research and societal applications. For the first time, the GPM core observatory sensor measurements will make detailed observations of precipitation particle size distribution, which is key to improving the accuracy of precipitation estimates by microwave radiometers and radars.

The GPM core observatory will carry a Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR), which operates at Ku and Ka band frequencies, and a multi-channel GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) operating from 10-183 GHz. The DPR will have greater measurement sensitivity to light rain and snowfall compared to the TRMM radar. The GMI uses a set of frequencies that have been optimized to retrieve heavy, moderate, and light precipitation estimates.

Through the agreement, NASA is responsible for the GPM core observatory spacecraft bus, the GMI carried by it, and a second GMI to be flown on a partner-provided Low-Inclination Observatory. JAXA will supply the DPR for the core observatory, an H-IIA rocket for the core observatory’s launch in July 2013 and data from a conical-scanning microwave imager on the upcoming Global Change Observation Mission satellite.

Protostar Files for Chapter 11

July 31, 2009 at 9:12 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

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From Satnews Daily:

Chapter 11 Filing By ProtoStar

ProtoStar logo ProtoStar Limited has filed for bankruptcy protection, which will also include the Company’s five affiliates.

This filing occurred on Wednesday. Protostar is seeking buyers for their two satellites, all via an auction that will be supervised by the bankruptcy court. Protostar’s lenders will provide debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing, which will allow the firm to continue their operations while going through the bankruptcy process. The Bermuda-based Company was initiated in 2005, with the objective of launching and operating geostationary satellites for DTH satTV and broadband services lease by Asian providers. This case is In re: ProtoStar Satellite Systems Inc, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Delaware), No. 09-12658. There are currently 22 employees, with the Company’s Chapter 11 listed assets and liabilities ranging in value from $100 million to $500 million.

TSA Reworking Large Aircraft Security Program

July 30, 2009 at 10:24 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

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From Examiner.com:

TSA blinks, is rewriting controversial proposals for business and small aircraft
July 24, 9:16 AM

The Transportation Security Administration is in the process of changing part of its Large Aircraft Security Program after spending much of April, May, and June listening to feedback from General Aviation leaders and others concerned about the controversial proposal. TSA officials received more than 7,000 comments opposing LASP.

Among other concerns over LASP, a prohibited items list, certain air marshal requirements, a third-party audit program, and no-fly lists. The measures would’ve applied to GA aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds, regardless of how they are used. Estimated cost of the program, partially underwritten by pilots and aircraft operators, was from $300,000 to $1.3 million per-year based on traffic volume.

However the hearings convinced the powers that be at TSA that their proposals were not only cost-prohibitive, but draconian. Some of the new proposals the TSA is now considering, based on input from the hearings, are:

* operators, rather than a TSA-chosen firm, will conduct background checks
* fuel load will be the basis for apply LASP rules, rather than aircraft weight
* a “trusted pilot” concept that would require certain minimums for a pilot to be deemed trustworthy, such as the holder of a specific number of flight hours and/or a specific license rating . . . [Full Story]

S. 1538: A bill to establish a black carbon and other aerosols research program in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that supports observations, monitoring, modeling, and for other purposes

July 30, 2009 at 10:10 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

United States CongressS. 1538: A bill to establish a black carbon and other aerosols research program in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that supports observations, monitoring, modeling, and for other purposes was introduced on July 29, 2009 by Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV). The text is not yet available.

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