In The Spotlight: Wright Technologies

IALPG is proud to represent Wright Technologies Pty Ltd. The group of entrepreneurs from Adelaide won ActinSpace in 2018 which involved a challenge set by the French Space Agency to create new, innovative traceability services. The prize for winning ActinSpace was a thrilling “zero gravity” experience that the team enjoyed recently, sending us this happy snap as they “floated” on their victory. The Wright team is, among other things, working on “Seraph” a tamper proof system for drone registration with real time tracking. Proof of their sensational  talents and potential as entrepreneurs is that on 18 March they won the South Australia […]

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IALPG and Chicago firm join forces to assist victims of 737 MAX accidents

In light of aviation safety regulators worldwide taking unprecedented unilateral action to ground the fleet of Boeing 737 Max aircraft (until more is known about the two recent and high-profile accidents involving this type), IALPG is joining forces with international lawyers including an experienced firm based in Chicago, Illinois, PMJ PLC (https://pmjpllc.com/) where it will also have visiting offices, to investigate and advise passengers’ families on their rights in respect of a variety of the potential claims that may arise. Overnight, both the US FAA and Transport Canada joined in temporarily suspending flying privileges for the new Boeing aircraft, and […]

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Ethiopian Airlines ET 302 – Boeing 737

Updated 20 April 2019 The Team at IALPG working on ET302 IALPG has teamed up with PMJ PLLC, a Chicago, Illinois firm of aviation law experts, to investigate and pursue claims on behalf of families touched by the Et302 disaster, to prevent such accidents recurring, and maximise the legal entitlements of all those affected. A summary of the Team’s profile and background is available here: ET302 IALPG PMJ Team Profile Updates and latest news Our Team will be in Nairobi, Kenya from 22 April until 29 April and available to meet with families who have already reached out to us or indicated […]

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Recent aviation law cases of interest

Two recent cases provide equally important judicial insights into how certain important aspects of aviation regulation and the policies underpinning them are to be treated – albeit in two very different circumstances, and disparate jurisdictions. Work Health Authority v Outback Ballooning Pty Ltd & Anor [2019] HCA 2 First, and perhaps of greatest import for Australian aviation purposes, is the High Court of Australia decision in Work Health Authority v Outback Ballooning Pty Ltd & Anor [2019] HCA 2, which was published on 6 February 2019. In this case the High Court, by majority, allowing an appeal from the Court of Appeal of the Supreme […]

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Civil Aviation Amendment Bill 2019

On the last Parliamentary sitting day for several weeks (21 February 2019), a bipartisan Bill was introduced into Federal Parliament amending the Civil Aviation Act 1988 which, if adopted, will require CASA to “consider the economic and cost impact on individuals, businesses and community… and take into account the differing risks associated with different industry sectors” in the making of aviation safety standards. If incorporated, this amendment would likely represent a win for commercial operators, but is potentially an incomplete addendum to CASA prioritisation. The exceedingly short Outline to the Explanatory Memorandum to the Bill provides as follows: The purpose of […]

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Consultations, activities and launches

The start of 2019 has been a busy one in respect to submissions to a variety of governmental reviews. Law Reform and Parliamentary Evidence IALPG was asked to provide its views to the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s Civil Surveillance and Privacy Review, and has in addition been invited by the Queensland Parliament Transport and Public Works Committee to give evidence at a public hearing in the Parliamentary Inquiry into Transport Technology on 25 March 2019 in Brisbane. Information about the Civil Surveillance and Privacy Review can be found here. Information about the Parliamentary Inquiry into Transport Technology and, in particular, IALPG’s submission can […]

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Best wishes to Karina from the team

IALPG Lawyer Karina Galliford has headed off on Maternity leave for baby number 2! Karina has been with the firm for 2 years after starting as a law graduate and Senior Law Clerk, completing her PLT with the College of Law and was admitted to the profession at the Supreme Court of Queensland on 27 August 2018. Karina’s operational naval aviation experience and legal skill has consistently ensured positive outcomes for both clients and colleagues throughout her time with IALPG. We thank Karina for her hard work and dedicated, friendly attitude and wish her and her entire family all the best as they welcome […]

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Australia’s Space Program: What’s Next?

On 6 February, 2019 the team at IALPG attended the first ever French-Australia Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FACCI) Space Conference in Brisbane. The conference focused on the development of the Australian Space Industry and key speakers included IALPG’s own Duncan Blake, Special Counsel Space Law and Advisory Council Member of the Space Industry Association of Australia, Karl Rodriguez, Executive Director at the Australian Space Agency,  Thomas Pfister, Regional Sales Director for Space & New Business at Airbus Australasia, Adam Gilmour, CEO and Founder of Gilmour Space Technologies and Ben Starkey, Director and Business Manager at Ozius. A key takeaway from […]

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UK Government Response To Future Use of Drones

On 26 July 2018 the UK Department for Transport issued a consultation entitled “Taking Flight: The future of drones in the UK”. The consultation ran until 17 September 2018 and received 5,061 responses. It proposed policies for drone use and enforcement, namely: • A minimum age requirement for operators for small unmanned aircraft; • Whether the 1 km flight restriction around protected aerodromes is sufficient; • A proposal to mandate and regulate a Flight Information and Notification System (FINS), or to just regulate the FINS; • The powers required by enforcement bodies in order to properly police drone use and penalise incorrect use, including possible use of fixed penalty notices; • Counter drone technology system proposals. The proposals built on the legislation made by the Benefits of drones to the UK economy and The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2018. The UK Government Response to this consultation was published on 7 January 2019. It outlines the Government’s decisions, including to: • Legislate to give the police greater powers to tackle drone misuse, including the power to issue on the spot fines; • Better protect airports by extending the area around airports and runways in which drones are banned from being flown. The Government Response can be accessed here. Note:  All documents referred to in this article can be found under the heading United Kingdom in Regs Watch at this link.

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New text: International Regulation of Non-Military Drones By Anna Masutti & Filippo Tomasello

Professor of Law, Masutti and former flight test engineer, Tomasello, last month published a book that will be of interest to anyone involved with drone regulations (be it as an operator, insurer, lawyer or policy maker). The authors discuss each of the fundamental considerations of drone regulation as they see it: categorisation, risk assessment and airworthiness, after an introduction to drones for the uninitiated. The book briefly touches on the legal challenges of international drone flights before delving into the separate topics of Security, Insurance and Privacy. The book is very readable while at the same time providing the audience with […]

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