Obama looks to cut tax benefit for corporate jet owners

June 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Bloomberg.com

Obama mentioned the corporate jet break six times, criticizing Republicans’ unwillingness to include tax increases in legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling. Republicans are pressing for spending cuts in the measure, which must be passed before Aug. 2, when the Treasury Department projects the U.S. will no longer be able to meet its debt obligations.

Previous administration proposals to encourage business investment have benefited the aircraft industry. Under the tax law that Congress passed in December 2010, companies purchasing new equipment — including jets — can deduct the entire cost of equipment purchases in the first year instead of taking depreciation deductions over time. [more]

Earth Imagery Firm RapidEye Seeking Bankruptcy ProtectionSource

June 30, 2011 at 11:14 am | Posted in Remote Sensing Law, Remote Sensing Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

Source: Space News

by Peter de Selding

PARIS — Germany’s pioneering RapidEye Earth imagery provider, which has taken the privatization of satellite Earth imagery perhaps further than any other company, has filed for Germany’s equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after breaching several of its loan covenants, RapidEye Chief Executive Wolfgang Biedermann said June 2.

Brandenberg-based RapidEye, whose constellation of five 150-kilogram optical Earth observation satellites was launched in August 2008, will continue operations and expects to emerge from a court-supervised restructuring with a more manageable debt, Biedermann said.

In an interview, Biedermann said RapidEye, which has never sought to hide the difficulties of a business model without a major long-term government customer guarantee, is confident that its principal financial sponsors are willing to reorganize the company’s debt profile to allow the business to proceed. Whether that will include new ownership as part of the insolvency proceedings, he said, is unknown. More…

FAA Final Rule keeps tower markings “voluntary”

June 30, 2011 at 7:55 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: AVweb

The FAA received over 450 comments on its proposed guidance for marking meteorological evaluation towers that are less than 200 feet high, and last week published its final rule, which requests voluntary compliance. [more]

China and UK strike space deal

June 29, 2011 at 10:25 am | Posted in Remote Sensing Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: BBC News

Chinese and UK companies have agreed to a deal that will result in three high-resolution Earth observation spacecraft being built to map China’s extraordinary growth from orbit.

The deal was penned between Guildford satellite imagery provider DMCii and Beijing-based company 21AT. [more]

Leiden International Institute of Air and Space Law to Hold Silver Jubilee Celebration

June 29, 2011 at 10:03 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – Leiden International Institute of Air and Space Law:

Silver Jubilee Celebration, 26 August 2011

You are warmly invited to celebrate 10 years Advanced Master Programme in Air and Space Law and 25 years of IIASL with us on Friday 26 August 2011.

We have tried to make this a memorable day for you. One of the highlights of the day will be the presentation of the alumni book by Sagar Singamsetty. In addition, the current students, the new alumni, will graduate on this day.

In the evening there will be music, dinner and dance. If you play an instrument, or can sing or dance and would like to be part of the alumni band or give an individual performance, please contact Ms. Ana Dedijer at anadedijer@hotmail.com.

Check out the programme below and register online right away!

We look forward to an unforgettable anniversary event with all of you.

Best regards,
Pablo, Tanja, Wouter, Paula and Sagar


09.30 Registration (Tea/Coffee)
10.00 Opening Session
Welcome speech by Prof. Mr. R. Lawson, Dean of Law Faculty, Leiden Law School
Opening address by the Chairman of the IIASL, Prof. Dr. L.J. Brinkhorst
Presentation of the Alumni book by Sagar Singamsetty

10.30 Today’s Outlook on air and space law
Chair: Prof. Dr. P.M.J. Mendes de Leon

– Independence and interdependence of Air and Space Law
Prof. Dr. P.P. C Haanappel

– Current developments in European and world wide aviation
Mr. Michiel van der Zee

– Trends in Air Law
Mr. John Balfour

11.30 Break

11.45 How much you know about air law and/or space law? (Quiz)

12.30 Lunch break

14.00 Movie “orphans of Apollo’ (by Michael Potter, 2008)

15.00 Break

15.30 Views of the future: Alumni on air and space law
Chair: Mrs. Drs. T.L. Masson-Zwaan, Deputy Director IIASL

Air Law – presentation by Alumnus – Mr. Rajesh Singh, India
Space Law – presentation by Alumnus/Alumna (speaker tbc)

16.00 Photoshoot

16.15 – 16.45 For Alumni and graduates only:
Alumni Association Activities for 2012 by Sagar Singamsetty

17.00 – 18.30 Graduation Adv. LL.M. 2010-2011; Academy building, “Klein Auditorium”
19.30 – 23.00 Music, dinner and dance

Registration online

Registration form


Day Programme:
Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw (KOG)
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden

Academy Building
“Klein Auditorium”
Rapenburg 67-73
2311 GJ Leiden

Rhode Island issues revised aeronautics regulations

June 29, 2011 at 8:40 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: AOPA

The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on its updated aeronautics regulations, having revised the document to incorporate changes recommended by AOPA last fall. [more]

Texas legislature passes airport screening law limiting pat-downs

June 29, 2011 at 8:38 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) – Legislation to make enhanced airport security pat-downs a crime if they involve touching a passenger’s “private” areas was approved by the Texas House and Senate on Monday.

By passing the bill, the “Texas Legislature is not only telling the (Transportation Security Administration) to change their policies – we’re telling the Obama Administration that we will not be intimidated and we will vigorously defend our Constitutional rights,” Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, who presides over the Senate, said in a statement. [Full story]

U.S. Supreme Court Documents Available for Warrantless GPS Search Case

June 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

Source: U.S. Supreme Court

Certiorari Summary

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Reply Brief for the United States

Italy-Egypt Space Cooperation

June 28, 2011 at 11:30 am | Posted in Remote Sensing Law, Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – Italian Space Agency:

COSMO-SkyMed: agreement with Egypt
The first agreement to collaborate with Egypt in the field of space observation signed

15 Jun 2011

Yesterday in Cairo the ASI President, Enrico Saggese, and the President of NARSS (National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences), Ayman El-Dessouki, signed the first agreement of collaboration in space between Italy and Egypt in the field of Earth observation. The ceremony, which took place during the Italian-Egyptian Science Day, was opened by the Italian ambassador, Claudio Pacifico, in the presence of the Italian Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Vincenzo Scotti and four Egyptian ministers, the Minister for Education and Research, the Minister of Trade and Industry, the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Electricity and Energy.

In his presentation, the ASI president showed numerous satellite images of Egypt, taken by the Italian radar system COSMO-SkyMed. Among the ‘assets’ of the Italian system that were greatly appreciated was the fact that the radar data, more than the optical data, allows us to effectively monitor the territory. ASI also participated in a workshop on the use of remote sensing data in archaeology. Egyptologists, geologists, historians and physicists gathered together to explore methods and new disciplines connected to the space data, useful in monitoring an extremely fluid and dynamic territory such as the desert and, in particular, the Egyptian desert, which still remains largely unexplored.


June 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

U.S. Department of Justice Press Release

Indictment: United States of America v. Mondalo, et. al



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