$10,000 for aviation and space businesses for legal advice through Qld Grant

Small aviation and space businesses can access Qld Govt Grant for legal advice through the Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program IALPG is the law firm for air and space industry participants, and we stand with you through these unprecedented times with faith that the business of aerospace will once again flourish. Accordingly we are pleased to advise that the Queensland Government has launched it’s “Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program”. The program is now open for grants of up to $10,000 per eligible small or micro business to fund, among other things, financial, legal or other professional advice to […]

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Aviation Employment Alternative Dispute Resolution

IALPG is proud to unveil its newest practice area with a service offering geared towards aviation industry participants. We are now able to assist airlines or other air operators and their employees (be they flight crew or otherwise) who find themselves in workplace disputes they cannot resolve themselves. IALPG’s Principal and Founder, Joseph Wheeler, is a regional expert in international and domestic civil aviation law, having exclusively practised as a lawyer and policy adviser advising individuals, air operators, and other law firms in Australia and overseas for over 10 years. Joseph has applied his specific skills in the service of […]

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Helicopter Pilot awarded $5.6 Million in Damages

Bruce Towers (Mr Towers) was employed by Hevilift Limited (Hevilift) in 2006 as a helicopter pilot.  Hevilift provided air transport for workers in a mining project in the Papua New Guinea Highlands. On 20 April 2006, Mr Towers was ferrying mine workers to a camp site when he received a radio report of fog in the area. He responded by saying that he would “take a look”. According to Papua New Guinea Civil Aviation Rules – he was to remain clear of cloud. Within minutes, the helicopter that he was flying became caught in cloud almost instantaneously and crashed, killing […]

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Sexual assaults in the sky: The failure of aviation law and how to fix it

This article – ‘Sexual assaults in the sky: The failure of aviation law and how to fix it’ – first appeared in Precedent, the journal of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, issue 151, published in April 2019 (Sydney, Australia, ISSN 1449-7719). It has been reproduced with the kind permission of the authors and the ALA. For more information about the ALA, please go to: www.lawyersalliance.com.au There has been a recent increase in reporting of sexual harassment and assault on airlines by both passengers and cabin crew, which may indicate increased incidence of such acts. Such reports highlight a multitude of issues, […]

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New COVID-19 Legislation & Impact on Deadlines

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant change to the lives of many, bringing with it unprecedented statutory allowances across many industries including in aviation law. On 22 April 2020, the Queensland Parliament passed new legislation that allows courts to extend statutory time limits – giving parties more time to commence or take steps in court proceedings. The legislation is called the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (Qld). The Act is good news for potential litigants as it acknowledges the current restrictions placed on court proceedings and empowers courts to grant extensions of time whereas there was previously no such legal […]

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COVID-19 transmission on aircraft

 So you’ve been on a flight that a COVID-19 infected person has travelled on too? The tragedy of this situation may never eventuate but of course you might have concerns. Given the public health emergency that is the COVID-19 pandemic, and the recent (applicable today, 25 March 2020) ban by the Australian Government on non essential international travel, have the precautions that have been observed  on airliners to date for travellers who have been exposed to the virus been sufficient? Do they leave travellers and crews with unnecessary risks? If so, who is liable for the consequences, including losses suffered […]

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Vanessa Bryant v Island Express Helicopters Inc

On 26 January 2020, a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, the famous American basketball icon, crashed in Calabasas, California killing all onboard, including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna and 8 other people. On 24 February 2020, a star-studded memorial was held in celebration of the 5-time NBA Champion and his daughter Gianna, which included an emotional speech by his wife Vanessa Bryant, that captured the hearts and emotions of those watching. On the same day Vanessa Bryant initiated a civil lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court against the helicopter company – Island Express Helicopters Inc, its holding company – […]

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Необходимость квалифицированных специалистов по обеспечению более эффективных мер по авиационным консультациям

  Необходимость квалифицированных специалистов по обеспечению более эффективных мер по авиационным консультациям Крушение рейса PS752 авиакомпании «Международные Авиалинии Украины» является одной из последних авиакатастроф в зоне конфликта, так и первой авиационной трагедией 2020 года. Эта авария поднимает многочисленные правовые и аэрополитические вопросы, не в последнюю очередь из которых «как это могло произойти опять?» и «как долго семьи должны ждать справедливости»? За три часа до катастрофы Федеральная авиационная администрация США (ФАА) выпустила серию извещение летному составу (НОТАМ: A0001 / 20; A0002 / 20; A0003 / 20), запрещающую всем американским авиаперевозчикам и коммерческим операторам совершать полеты в Тегеранский Район полётной информации (РПИ) […]

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Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752

For obligation free initial advice and assistance about passenger victim rights contact us now at email: enquiries@ialpg.com or +61 7 3040 1099. This information is also available here in Russian language. Premature actions and the need for specialist aviation legal advice The crash of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight PS752 is the both latest aviation collateral damage from a conflict zone, and first aviation tragedy of 2020. It raises numerous legal and aeropolitical issues not least of which are “how could this happen again?” and “how long must families wait for justice”? Three hours before the crash the US FAA […]

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Unruly passenger laws updated by Montreal Protocol 2014

A large number of unruly passengers do not face prosecution because of the deficiencies in TC63 (Tokyo Convention 1963) – this is largely because the jurisdiction named for criminal offenders was (is) the state of registry of the aircraft. As such TC63 was not fit for purpose in terms of dealing with unruly behaviour on international flights in the modern era. Accordingly, ICAO Member States agreed upon the text of a new protocol in 2014 amending TC63 – called the Montreal Protocol (MP14). On the 14th of November, 2019 IALPG’s Joseph Wheeler visited Australia’s  capital Canberra and presented to a […]

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