Library: A Round-up of Reading

February 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Posted in Library | Leave a comment

Michael J. Holland, Antitrust and the Airlines: The Pursuit of Market Intelligence Meets The Sherman Act, 77 Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy 307 (2010)

Tactical Aircraft: Air Force Fighter Reports Generally Addressed Congressional Mandates, but Reflected Dated Plans and Guidance, and Limited Analyses. GAO-11-323R February 24, 2011

Crowd-sourced data hold potential for positive change and human rights abuses – GeoData Policy

Congressional Research Service Report: “Satellite Surveillance — Domestic Issues” – Got GEOINT?

NASA Grants Bigelow Partially Exclusive License – NASA Watch

Libya Practices Space Warfare – Songs of Space & Nuclear Warfare

Cell phone location data subject to Fourth Amendment and is more invasive than GPS – GeoData Policy

Space ‘Poster Child’ For Cost Increases – DoD Buzz

Space Policy = What’s Funded = Regulatory Capture – Songs of Space & Nuclear Warfare

Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act Limits Aviation Lawsuits – Avitation Law Monitor

AIAA videos from FAA commercial space transport conf. – RLV and Space Transport News

How would a government shutdown affect NASA? – Space Politics

Hawaii Looks at New Spaceport License
– Spaceports

Hawaii S.B. NO. 112

February 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

A bill has been introduced in the Hawaii Senate that would allow the state to pursue a spaceport license. S.B. 112 states:




SECTION 1. The legislature finds that tourism is the chief generator of employment and revenue in the State and influences all sectors of the State’s economy. New developments in technology, increased visitor sophistication, and greater competition from other world tourism markets require Hawaii’s tourism industry to direct their marketing efforts at visitors with specific interests.

The legislature recognizes that expanding the State’s tourism product by developing new niche products, such as space tourism, can enhance Hawaii’s appeal as a tourist destination.

In 2007, Virgin Galactic confirmed the viability of space tourism by earning approximately $31,000,000 in ticket revenue from over one hundred passengers. On December 15, 2008, the Federal Aviation Administration awarded a launch license for vertical and horizontal launches to the New Mexico Spaceport Authority to establish a commercial spaceport. On January 11, 2010, Cecil Field airport in Jacksonville, Florida was awarded a similar Federal Aviation Administration license.

Space tourism is a potential billion dollar global industry that could significantly increase state revenues, provide new aerospace jobs, and rejuvenate economic development in the Kalaeloa area. The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to issue a limited number of spaceport licenses and the legislature finds that it is crucial to position Hawaii for that economic opportunity.

The purpose of this Act is to appropriate funds for the application for a spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration.

SECTION 2. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2011-2012 and the same amount or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2012-2013 for the application for a spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The sums appropriated shall be expended by the department of business, economic development, and tourism for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2011.

FAA reauthorization bill would affect some airline operations

February 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: LA Times

After delaying for more than three years a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, Congress appears ready to adopt legislation that would also make several changes in the way airlines operate.

The bill also includes a provision pushed by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to prohibit pilots from using cellphones, laptop computers and other personal electronic devices in the cockpit while flying a plane. The proposal was drafted after two Northwest pilots overshot a Minneapolis airport by 150 miles in 2009 because they were distracted by their laptops.

The bill would also give the FAA the green light to modernize the nation’s air traffic control system, upgrading it from the World War II-era radar system to a GPS-based system that FAA officials say could reduce airline delays up to 20%. [Fully story]

CA bill could ease concerns of flight school certification

February 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: AOPA

California Senate Bill 619, aimed at alleviating the requirements for flight schools under the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, was introduced Feb. 18. Under the current terms of the bill, all individual flight instructors and flight schools that don’t collect money up front for flight training would be exempt from the provisions of the postsecondary act.

The next step for the bill is the committee process, which should begin shortly.  [Fully story]

Europe approves new weather satellite system

February 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Posted in Remote Sensing Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: EUMETSAT Press Release

MTG programme receives full approval.

Following the approval of Belgium, all 26 EUMETSAT Member States have now firmly committed to the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) programme.

Consisting of six satellites, MTG will secure Meteosat weather and climate data for Europe for the next 30 years. Operating from geostationary orbit 36,000 kilometres above the Earth’s surface, MTG will continue the uninterrupted collection of data by Meteosat satellites that began in 1977. More…

Also redOrbit – Europe Planning New Weather Satellite System

NASA talks with eight commercial space companies

February 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Space News

WASHINGTON — As it awaits congressional action on its 2011 budget, NASA is proceeding with plans to award roughly $200 million to companies developing technologies in support of the agency’s commercial space transportation goals.

NASA contacted eight companies in February, inviting Alliant Techsystems (ATK), Blue Origin, Boeing, Excalibur Almaz, Orbital Sciences Corp., Sierra Nevada Corp., Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and United Launch Alliance (ULA) to Johnson Space Center in Houston to discuss their proposals for a second round of awards under the agency’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program, according to industry sources.  NASA hopes to make the awards in March. More…

Aviation Law Workshop: Passenger Rights and Aviation National Security, on 22 March 2011 in Miami, FL

February 28, 2011 at 9:23 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Aeropodium

Legal Aviation Workshop – LAW

Aviation Law after September 11th:

Passengers Rights and Aviation National Security

Tuesday 22nd March 2011

Sheraton Miami Airport & Executive Meeting Center, Miami, FL, USA


This Workshop has been approved for CLE credits by The Florida Bar

Workshop Speaker:

Timothy M. Ravich, Esq, Founding Partner of Ravich Law Firm, P.A.

Workshop Themes:

Historical Background

– Aviation Travel Rights

– Airline Passenger Rights

– “Rates, Routes, and Services”

Consumer Protection and Aviation Security

– Delays, Bumping, etc. – Contracts versus Tort Remedies

– Profiling, Searches and the “No-Fly” List

International Liability Treaties

– Warsaw/Montreal Conventions – History and Background

– Preemption Issues

– Jurisdictional Issues, “Fifth Jurisdiction,” and Forum Non Conveniens

– Damages for Terrorist Events

– Open Skies and Cabotage Rights

Hijackings, Terrorism and Civil Rights

– Interference with Flight Crew

– Fourth Amendment Rights

The Workshop participants will receive a free copy of the recently published book

“Aviation Law after September 11th”

For the Workshop Agenda and to Register, please visit


Pentagon Considering Commercial Launches for Space Experiments

February 25, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty
Source: Space

By Turner Brinton

WASHINGTON — On the heels of its successful November launch, the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program has begun planning a mission that could involve hosting military experiments on commercial satellites or hitching a ride to space on a commercial launch vehicle.

The Space Test Program at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., organizes space launches for experiments developed by many government agencies. The most recent STP-S26 mission crammed seven small satellites atop a Minotaur 4 rocket and demonstrated numerous technologies that the military may incorporate into future operational missions.

Not much has been decided about the next Space Test Program mission. The Air Force is interested in potentially hosting multiple experiments on commercial missions planned for launch in 2012 or 2013, according to a Feb. 18 request for information posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website. The service provided technical specifications for 15 experiments that could be considered for commercial launches. A total of 73 experiments are prioritized for launch by the Pentagon’s Space Experiments Review Board.

The Space Test Program has a nearly $50 million annual budget that is expected to remain relatively stable, and its goal is to launch as many experiments as possible with that level of funding, said Air Force Col. Carol Welsch, the organization’s director. More…

Disasters Charter

February 22, 2011 at 10:50 am | Posted in Remote Sensing Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The Disaster Charter has been activated for the Earthquake in New Zealand:

Earthquake in New Zealand

Type of Event: Earthquake
Location of Event: New Zealand
Date of Charter Activation: 22 February 2011
Charter Requestor: French Civil Protection / COGIC
Project Management: CNES

Description of the Event:
New Zealand, Christchurch, has been hit by a powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Reportedly, 65 people have died and more than 100 people are missing. Buildings have collapsed, vehicles have been buried under debris and rescuers are working to help save people trapped under rubble.

Bob Parker, The Mayor of Christchurch, declared a state of emergency and ordered people to evacuate the city centre. This is the second earthquake to hit the region in five months.

Lybian Airspace

February 22, 2011 at 9:56 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the b log faculty

From RIA Novosti:

Libya says airspace ‘open,’ airport functioning normally (Update 1)

Libyan airspace is open and the airport in Tripoli is working normally, the head of the country’s aviation authorities said on Tuesday.

“Tripoli International Airport is working normally and planes are taking off and landing normally,” Mohamed abd as-Seid was quoted by the official Libyan news agency Jana as saying.

The official dismissed earlier reports that Libya had closed its airspace for civil aviation. . . . [Full Story]

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