Europe Turns to the Cloud – lawmakers review E.U. data privacy laws

July 29, 2011 at 11:56 am | Posted in Aerospace Law Interfaces, Telecommunications | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: NY Times

Data privacy laws in Europe restrict the transfer of information about individuals outside the 27-country European Union. That had prevented many companies on the Continent from moving to the cloud, where data may be stored on remote servers in Asia, the United States or elsewhere at a lower cost than what a company would pay for its own servers.

Yet despite the tricky legal landscape, Shutl, now a two-year-old start-up, has become one of Europe’s most avid users of cloud technology. The company carries out more than 1,000 deliveries a day over a cloud network operated by Amazon, the U.S. Web retailer.

Cloud computing could get a lift soon from Brussels, where lawmakers are reviewing the European Union’s data protection directive, which governs how personal information travels within and outside the 27-nation bloc. Viviane Reding, the European commissioner overseeing the revisions, plans to make a proposal this autumn.[more]

GMV awarded contract for Turksat satellite ground operations

July 29, 2011 at 9:44 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Space Mart

MELCO (Mitsubishi Electronics) has awarded GMV a contract for developing the ground segment for the 4A and 4B satellites of the Turkish satellite operator Turksat. GMV is the leading ground systems supplier for commercial telecommunications satellite operators. [more]

ABA TIPS teleconference: Aviation Disaster Preparedness and Crises Response, 6 Sept. 2011 at 2pm EDT

July 29, 2011 at 8:45 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)

The Call: Aviation Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response

TIPS Committee Sponsor:  Aviation Law Committee

2:00PM-3:30PM EDT

This teleconference will provide an industry insider’s view on how the various industry sectors prepare for, and respond to, an aviation disaster. How often should airlines perform emergency drills? What role does the insurer play in preparation and emergency response? What are the major concerns regarding assistance to families and victims of an accident? What media issues do the various involved entities face? The panel of industry experts will discuss these questions and many more during this 90-minute rare look into the inner working of aviation disaster preparedness and crisis response.

This teleconference is part of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s series of podcasts, teleconferences, and live programs dedicated to Disaster Preparedness and Response. Co-Sponsored by Thomson Reuters, it addresses issues arising out of disasters caused by foreign and domestic acts of terrorism, by negligent acts, by natural events and by threats to our cyber-security and will confront the issues of preparedness, risk management, recovery and response, liability, insurance, claims and litigation. For more information regarding the TIPS Initiative on Disaster Preparedness & Response visit: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/tort_trial_insurance_practice/disasterresponse.html.


FAA Says Even New LightSquared Plan Causes Interference

July 28, 2011 at 8:58 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: National Journal

The Federal Aviation Administration says even a revised proposal from LightSquared to launch a national wireless broadband network will interfere with global positioning systems critical to aviation. [more]

Disasters Charter: Landslide in Seoul and Chuncheon, Republic of Korea

July 28, 2011 at 8:54 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The Disasters Charter has been activated for a Landslide in Seoul and Chuncheon, Republic of Korea:

Landslide in Seoul and Chuncheon, Rep of Korea

Type of Event: Landslide, Floods
Location of Event: South Korea
Date of Charter Activation: 28/07/2011
Charter Requestor: NIDP (Rep. of Korea)
Project Management: TBC

Description of the Event:
Seoul and Chuncheon, South Korea, were hit by severe landslides and flooding due to heavy rainfall (500mm) on 27 July, 2011.
– At least 17 residents were killed and 24 were injured by landslides from Mt. Umyeong in Seoul
– About 800 houses were flooded and 23 roads were closed
– A total of 66,093 households were hit with power failures
– A total of 13 voluntary students were killed at the Chuncheon landslide

H.R. 2644: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend the airport improvement program, and for other purposes

July 28, 2011 at 8:39 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

H.R. 2644: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend the airport improvement program, and for other purposes was introduced on July 26, 2011 by Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL12):

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2644

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend the airport improvement program, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 26, 2011

Mr. COSTELLO (for himself, Mr. RAHALL, Mr. LEVIN, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Mr. DEFAZIO, Ms. NORTON, Mr. NADLER, Ms. BROWN of Florida, Mr. FILNER, Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas, Mr. CUMMINGS, Mr. BOSWELL, Mr. HOLDEN, Mr. LARSEN of Washington, Mr. CAPUANO, Mr. BISHOP of New York, Mr. MICHAUD, Mr. CARNAHAN, Mrs. NAPOLITANO, Mr. LIPINSKI, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. ALTMIRE, Mr. WALZ of Minnesota, Mr. SHULER, Mr. COHEN, Ms. RICHARDSON, Mr. SIRES, and Ms. EDWARDS) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend the airport improvement program, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Aviation Jobs and Safety Act of 2011′.

SEC. 2. EXTENSION OF TAXES FUNDING AIRPORT AND AIRWAY TRUST FUND.

(a) Fuel Taxes- Subparagraph (B) of section 4081(d)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking `July 22, 2011′ and inserting `September 30, 2011′.

(b) Ticket Taxes-

(1) PERSONS- Clause (ii) of section 4261(j)(1)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking `July 22, 2011′ and inserting `September 30, 2011′.

(2) PROPERTY- Clause (ii) of section 4271(d)(1)(A) of such Code is amended by striking `July 22, 2011′ and inserting `September 30, 2011′.

(c) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to periods beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 3. EXTENSION OF AIRPORT AND AIRWAY TRUST FUND EXPENDITURE AUTHORITY.

(a) In General- Paragraph (1) of section 9502(d) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended–

(1) by striking `July 23, 2011′ and inserting `October 1, 2011′; and

(2) by inserting `or the Aviation Jobs and Safety Act of 2011′ before the semicolon at the end of subparagraph (A).

(b) Conforming Amendment- Paragraph (2) of section 9502(e) of such Code is amended by striking `July 23, 2011′ and inserting `October 1, 2011′.

(c) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to periods beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 4. EXTENSION OF AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.

(a) Authorization of Appropriations- Section 48103 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking paragraph (8) and inserting the following:

`(8) $3,515,000,000 for fiscal year 2011.’.

(b) Project Grant Authority- Section 47104(c) of such title is amended by striking `July 22, 2011,’ and inserting `September 30, 2011,’.

SEC. 5. EXTENSION OF EXPIRING AUTHORITIES.

(a) Section 40117(l)(7) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking `July 23, 2011.’ and inserting `October 1, 2011.’.

(b) Section 44302(f)(1) of such title is amended–

(1) by striking `July 22, 2011,’ and inserting `September 30, 2011,’; and

(2) by striking `October 31, 2011,’ and inserting `December 31, 2011,’.

(c) Section 44303(b) of such title is amended by striking `October 31, 2011,’ and inserting `December 31, 2011,’.

(d) Section 47107(s)(3) of such title is amended by striking `July 23, 2011.’ and inserting `October 1, 2011.’.

(e) Section 47115(j) of such title is amended by striking `July 23, 2011,’ and inserting `October 1, 2011,’.

(f) Section 47141(f) of such title is amended by striking `July 22, 2011.’ and inserting `September 30, 2011.’.

(g) Section 49108 of such title is amended by striking `July 22, 2011,’ and inserting `September 30, 2011,’.

(h) Section 161 of the Vision 100–Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (49 U.S.C. 47109 note) is amended by striking `July 23, 2011,’ and inserting `October 1, 2011,’.

(i) Section 186(d) of such Act (117 Stat. 2518) is amended by striking `July 23, 2011,’ and inserting `October 1, 2011,’.

U.S. government subsidizes crop projects for aviation bio-fuel

July 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Aerospace Law Interfaces | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – Farmers in four states in
the U.S. West can qualify for a federal cost-sharing payment if
they grow camelina, an oilseed, for conversion into jet fuel,
the government said on Tuesday.

The assistance would encourage large-scale production — up
to 51,000 acres (21,000 hectares) — of camelina for sale to
aviation biofuel makers AltAir Fuels LLC, of Seattle, and
Beaver Biodiesel LLC, of Portland, Oregon.

It would be the first time the Agriculture Department
subsidized an aviation bio-crop. [more]

U.S. House Democrats file ‘clean’ bill to fund FAA

July 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: The Hill

Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee filed legislation Tuesday that would fund the Federal Aviation Administration without cutting grants for rural air service, which has produced the holdup that led to FAA workers being furloughed. [more]

ESA Protests Earth Observation Program’s Removal from Multiyear Budget Proposal

July 27, 2011 at 10:44 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Space News

PARIS — The European Space Agency (ESA) has sent letters to its member governments asking them to protest a decision by the European Commission to remove Europe’s flagship environmental program from the commission’s proposed multiyear financial envelope, ESA’s director of Earth observation said.

The 19-nation ESA also will be taking its case to the European Parliament in an effort to find a place in the commission’s seven-year budget for the multibillion-dollar Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) program, he said. [more]

Results for public consultation concerning a possible EU Space Programme

July 27, 2011 at 10:38 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The European Commission has released the results from its public consultation concerning a possible EU Space Programme:

This consultation was part of an impact assessment on a possible Commission proposal for an EU Space Programme concentrating on the protection of space infrastructures and space exploration.

The objective of the consultation was to obtain the views of the European public, as well as concerned European stakeholders, on the adequacy and the scope of possible EU measures in these fields.

All citizens and organisations were welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions were particularly sought from space policy stakeholders, including public authorities and space industry.

In response to the public consultation concerning a possible EU Space Programme we have received 608 responses from companies, national administrations, non-governmental organisations, business associations and individuals from European Union and elsewhere.

The results are summarized in two files, one contains raw statistical data representing the 608 responses, while the second displays the same data in graphics.

Click through to see the documentation.

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