ABA Forum on Air and Space Law: Annual Meeting 2010

October 26, 2010 at 9:26 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event, Blogcast | Leave a comment

By P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The ABA Forum on Air and Space Law began it’s annual meeting this morning in Seattle, WA. The meeting is titled Aviation and Space: The Next Decade. Res Communis will be live blogging from the conference.

Library: A Round-up of Reading

October 25, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Posted in Library | Leave a comment

Federal Aviation Administration: Agency Is Taking Steps to Plan for and Train Its Technician Workforce, but a More Strategic Approach is Warranted. GAO-11-91, October 22.

Playing Piggyback in Space – DoD Buzz

No Russian Veto on Euro Missile Defense – MDAA

Now Anyone Can Dock With the ISS – NASA Watch

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) – Aviation and Airport Development Law Blog

Access to USDA Geospatial Data Still Contested – GeoData Policy

Self Defense and Non-International Armed Conflict in Drone Warfare – Volokh Conspiracy

Wittes v. O’Connell on Targeted Killing and Drones – Lawfare

European ‘Space Program’ Includes Earth Observation – EARSC

White House Specifies Agency Responsibilities for NEO Threats – Space Policy Online

Spatial Law and Policy Update (Oct 23,2010) – Spatial Law and Policy

Disasters Charter: Floods in Myanmar

October 25, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The Disasters Charter was activated for Floods in Myanmar:

Floods in Myanmar

Type of Event: Flood
Location of Event: Myanmar
Date of Charter Activation: 25/10/2010
Charter Requestor: UNOOSA on behalf of WFP
Project Management: ESA

Description of the Event
Tropical Cyclone Giri strengthened into a category 4 storm over the Northeast Indian Ocean as it approaches the west coast of Myanmar. Landfall of Giri on the coast of Myanmar is forecasted to happen, at or near Ramree Island.

The site of likely landfall lies between Chittagong, Bangladesh and the Myanmar capital, Yangon (or Rangoon).

As per field information major impact on local population is expected.

United States and Japan Sign Open Skies Memorandum of Understanding on Air Transportation

October 25, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – State Department:

United States and Japan Sign Open Skies Memorandum of Understanding on Air Transportation

Washington, DC
October 25, 2010

Today in Tokyo, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, John Roos, and the Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Sumio Mabuchi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at establishing an Open Skies air transportation relationship between the two countries.

The provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding will be incorporated into an agreement on Open Skies to be concluded between the Government of the United States and the Government of Japan through an exchange of diplomatic notes. The agreement will strengthen and expand our already strong trade and tourism links with Japan, benefiting U.S. and Japanese businesses and travelers by expanding air service and encouraging vigorous price competition by airlines, while safeguarding aviation safety and security.

For more information about Open Skies, please visit: http://www.state.gov/e/eeb/tra/ata/.

PRN: 2010/1519

Wall Street Journal on Lunar Law

October 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The Wall Street Journal has published to articles online that discuss the space law regime as it applies to the Moon:

Ashby Jones, On the Moon, Water, Water Everywhere, But Not a Drop to Own, Wall Street Journal


Ashby Jones, Lunar Rush Far, Far Away as Earthlings Struggle With Laws in Space, Wall Street Journal

Annual Conference of the European Air Law Association, November 4-5, 2010, Vienna

October 22, 2010 at 8:40 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: EALA

22’nd Annual Conference in Vienna, 5th November 2010

EALA has the great pleasure of inviting you to its 22nd   Annual Conference at the Ministry of Justice, Vienna. You should not miss the unique opportunity to be updated on the aviation industry and its legal regime, to visit the beautiful city of Vienna and take full advantage of the opportunities for meeting and discussion with others interested in European and international air law.

The Conference will be preceded by a Cocktail Reception and Dinner on Thursday 4th November 2010 at 7 p.m. in the magnificent surroundings of the Vienna City Hall. The Conference itself will begin at 0830 on the following day at the Ministry of Justice.

You can download the programme here together with details of hotel accommodation. You can  book a place at the conference by completing the booking form and following the instructions contained in it.

We look forward to seeing you in Vienna.


Disasters Charter: Typhoon Megi in the Philippines

October 21, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The Disasters Charter was actived for Typhoon Megi in the Philippines:

Typhoon Megi in the Philippines

Type of Event: Typhoon
Location of Event: Philippines
Date of Charter Activation: 20/10/2010
Charter Requestor: UNITAR/UNOSAT
Project Management: UNITAR

Description of the Event:
Typhoon Megi (locally named Juan) made landfall as a category 5 typhoon in the mountain range of sierra Madre, Isabella Province, Cagayan region (Region II) at 11:25 am on 18 October 2010. At least 10 people have been killed in the Philippines by the typhoon which hit the north of the country. Communication channels have been cut and access prevented due to stormy weather and roads blocked by small landslides.

Typhoon Megi weakened after landfall and made a West-South-West path across northern Luzon Island at 19km per hour.

Russia – China Launch Notification Agreement

October 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

According to the Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces Blog, China and Russia have signed an agreement concerning launch notifications. The agreement is in Russian but the Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces Blog has a summary of it:

. . . The agreement will cover launches of ballistic missiles that the countries launch in the direction of each other – for Russia it is “East, North-East, South, and South-East”, for China – “West, North-West, North, and North-East.” It will also cover all launches of space launchers. . . .

DLR signs the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters

October 21, 2010 at 7:56 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: DLR

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has become a member of the International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’. At an event in Paris to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its founding, Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the DLR Executive Board, signed the charter, marking DLR’s accession. With this signing, DLR has become the 11th space agency to pledge its expertise and resources, particularly those associated with global monitoring, to address natural disasters and major accidents.


NASA Open Government Summit Emphasized Data Exchange

October 21, 2010 at 7:51 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: NASA

Press Release

WASHINGTON — NASA is working to publish more of its data sets online and create more opportunities to engage with the public using digital tools. This was a major part of the discussion during the monthly Open Government Community Summit at NASA Headquarters in Washington last week. NASA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer and Office of the Chief Financial Officer hosted the meeting.

The event brought leaders from both government and public sectors together to discuss transparency, participation and collaboration in an era of emerging new technologies, maturing systems and increased generation of open data.

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