Mahindra Aerospace signs MOU with Eurocopter

July 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Moneycontrol.com

An MoU [...] was signed by Mahindra Aerospace and Mahindra Satyam in Mumbai for a trade partnership with the Eurocopter Group and its subsidiary Eurocopter India.

The partnership would focus on manufacturing of sub-assemblies, engineering and customisation of civil helicopters and the joint development of specific market segments, a company statement here said, adding that details of the scope and structure of the partnership would be decided in the coming months. [Full story]

FAA Loses $30 Million a Day as Tax-Collecting Powers Lapse

July 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Bloomberg

The Federal Aviation Administration said it’s losing $30 million a day in taxes because Congress let the agency’s revenue-raising authority expire.

Airlines can’t collect excise taxes on tickets, fuel and cargo until Congress passes legislation to extend the FAA’s authority, Randy Babbitt, the agency’s administrator, said today on a conference call from Washington. The FAA operated through July 22 under a series of 20 short-term extensions, after its multiyear funding legislation expired in 2007.

Most major airlines have raised base ticket prices by at least 7.5 percent to capture the forgone federal revenue, Rick Seaney, chief executive officer of FareCompare.com, a website that tracks ticket prices, said in an e-mailed report. [Full story]

Former Governor, Jesse Ventura, sues TSA over pat-downs

July 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: TwinCities.com

In federal court in St. Paul on Friday, a lawyer for the former governor argued that rules implemented by the Transportation Security Administration – which subject Ventura to pat-down body searches when he flies – violate his Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable and unwarranted searches.

The TSA’s rules were “issued in secret, (were) never published (and) can be changed at any time, in secret,” attorney David Bradley Olsen told U.S. District Judge Susan Rogers Nelson.

The government, though, contends that the searches are legal and that they can be challenged only in federal appeals court, not in a district court, as Ventura has done.

The Justice Department wants the former governor’s case dismissed, and that motion was the subject of the hearing. After listening to arguments from both sides, Nelson said she would issue a ruling later. [Full story]

FAA furloughs thousands amid congressional funding stalemate

July 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Reuters

The Federal Aviation Administration, the arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation responsible for air passenger safety, furloughed about 4,000 of its workers on Saturday after Congress failed to reauthorize the agency’s funding.

The partial shutdown, which the agency said will not affect air traffic controllers or force any flight cancellations, came after Congress adjourned Friday without extending the FAA’s funding. [more]

Library: A Round-up of Reading

July 25, 2011 at 11:44 am | Posted in Library | Leave a comment

Articles
Simon Lester, The WTO EC – Aircraft Panel and Appellate Body Reports on Subsidies to Airbus, ASIL Insights

Joseph S. Imburgia, Space Debris and Its Threat to National Security: A Proposal for a Binding International Agreement to Clean Up the Junk, 44 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 589 (2011).

W&M Law students study “space law”, The Virginia Gazette

Kevin Abourezk, NU space law program to benefit from space shuttle’s demise, Lincoln Journal Star

Reports
Aviation Security: TSA Has Taken Actions to Improve Security, but Additional Efforts Remain, by Stephen M. Lord, director, homeland security and justice issues, before the Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. GAO-11-807T, July 13.

Space Research: Content and Coordination of Space Science and Technology Strategy Need to Be More Robust. GAO-11-722, July 19.

Space and Missile Defense Acquisitions: Periodic Assessment Needed to Correct Parts Quality Problems in Major Programs. GAO-11-404, June 24

Blogs
Send Lawyers, Drones, and Money – Songs of Space & Nuclear Warfare

TSA Announces Privacy Overhaul of Nude Airport Scanners – Threat Level

LAX/American Airlines Commuter Facility Project Avoids Environmental Review – Aviation & Airport Development Law Blog

LightSquared Continues to Be Scrutinized – Space Policy Online

Key airport projects across the country in jeopardy unless Congress passes an FAA bill – Fast Lane

Updated SpacePolicyOnline.com Legislative Checklist Available – Space Policy Online

S. 1407: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish accreditation requirements for suppliers and providers of air ambulance services, and for other purposes

July 25, 2011 at 11:29 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

S. 1407: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish accreditation requirements for suppliers and providers of air ambulance services, and for other purposes was introduced on July 22, 2011 by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

NASA to change CCDev from SAAs to Traditional Procurement

July 25, 2011 at 11:20 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – Space News:

Fri, 22 July, 2011
NASA Shifts Procurement Plan For Upcoming Round of CCDev
By Dan Leone

WASHINGTON — Breaking from the strategy it used in the first two rounds of its commercial crew development (CCDev) program, NASA said it intends to use a traditional procurement process governed by the Federal Acquisition Regulations to fund its contribution to the next phases of work on privately owned human spaceflight systems.

NASA awarded Space Act Agreements (SAA) for the first and second phases of CCDev. Under those arrangements, companies developing launch or crew transportation systems are paid upon meeting self-imposed milestones developed with NASA input. . . . [Full Story]

European Commission Wants Individual Nations To Fund GMES

July 25, 2011 at 7:52 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Space News

PARIS — The European Commission, in a surprise move, is proposing that its satellite-based Earth observation program be removed from its seven-year budget starting in 2014 and instead be funded by voluntary contributions from individual European governments.

The proposed budget is by no means the last word. Nearly two years of negotiations with the parliament and with individual governments still lie ahead. [Full story]

ESA signs contract with Thales Alenia Space to provide Galileo’s mission segment

July 25, 2011 at 7:46 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Thales

Le Bourget, June 22, 2011 – Thales Alenia Space  announced today the signature of a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA), acting on behalf of the European Commission, for the development and deployment of the ground-based Galileo Mission Segment (GMS) and the Galileo Security Facility (GSF). This contract, amounting 281 Million Euros will cover almost four years of activity including maintenance. [more]

FAA braces for shutdown–Congress remains deadlocked on reauthorization

July 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: AOPA

Congress failed July 21 to agree on a long-term FAA reauthorization measure, raising the specter of multiple program shutdowns and the furlough of up to 4,000 FAA employees as the July 22 expiration of the agency’s operating authority approached.

The House of Representatives passed a two-month extension with policy provisions that the Senate will not agree to. The Senate, meanwhile, passed a “clean” extension, funding airport capital grants through the end of fiscal 2011. [more]

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