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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Aerospace, Defence & Aviation (FACCI) industry event

The French-Australian Chamber of Commerce (FACCI) is hosting its first Aerospace, Defence & Aviation industry event of the year dedicated to the future of Australia’s Space Program on Wednesday 6 February. With the space industry worth US$345 billion each year – but only 0.8% contributed by the Australian space sector – and new entrants in advanced technology disrupting the space industry, there are significant opportunities to build the sector in Australia. To capitalise on this growth opportunity, the Australian Space Agency, created in July 2018, aims to work with local businesses to help them win a greater share of the global space market, but what’s […]

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IALPG Resolves Jet Airways Case for Family

  Photo Credit: Aviation Herald In December 2018 IALPG settled a case for a family that was injured in the Jet Airways 737 runway overrun accident (flight 9W2374) on the 27th of December 2016 in Goa, India. The family were forced to evacuate after the takeoff roll did not proceed as expected due to failures of pre-takeoff briefings and settings (as reported in the Indian DGCA official accident investigation report). These problems caused the aircraft to drift off the right side of the runway onto unpaved surface, hitting PAPI lights and a vertical pillar which caused the plane to shake badly. When […]

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October 2018 Air Taxi Vanuatu Accident

On the 23rd of October 2018 an Air Taxi Vanuatu operated Cessna 206, carrying four passengers and pilot, made an emergency landing on Erromango Island, Vanuatu. The pilot and passengers were safely retrieved. The aircraft sustained substantial damage from the crash landing and the passengers have sought assistance from IALPG with a variety of issues brought about by the tragedy. IALPG acts for a variety of air accident claimants in both foreign and Australian air accident disasters.  For a free case appraisal of your rights feel free to email us at enquiries@ialpg.com.

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A Space Law Seminar You Won’t Want To Miss

IALPG is hosting a Space Law Seminar in Canberra on Wednesday the 13th of March. Australia’s space industry is experiencing an exciting time. With recent amendments to the Space Activities Act and the introduction of the Australian Space Agency, the field has opened up for Australian space entrepreneurs in a big way. Already, Australian companies are developing rockets, rocket propulsion systems, hybrid launch vehicles, small and nano satellites, ground – based tracking systems and satellite based tracking as well as many other space technologies. IALPG has been working with industry and government to help facilitate workable laws for Australia in […]

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IALPG Submission on Airline Passengers’ Compensation Rights

IALPG recently made a submission to the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities’ (DIRDC) review on liability limits under the Civil Aviation (Carrier’s Liability) Act 1959 (CACL) regime. The firms’ suggestions focused on the impacts of the review to passenger claims under the CACL regime. In our view Australia need not restrict itself to the minimum standard of compensation dictated by any perceived need to comply with international obligations as a party to the Montreal Convention 1999, and its predecessor, the Warsaw Convention 1929.   One specific recommendation put to the Department to consider included to provide for unlimited liability […]

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Space Activities Amendment (Launches and Returns) Bill 2018

IALPG was proud to contribute to the evolution of the Space Activities Act 1998, by making a submission to the Inquiry of the Senate Economics Legislation Committee on the Space Activities Amendment (Launches and Returns) Bill, 2018. Its report was published on the 21st of August. IALPG’s contributions focused on ensuring a safer, more rational interaction between space-related activities and civil aviation activities. A key contribution from the firm suggested that the role of the Launch Safety Officer, contained in the Space Activities Regulations, should be incorporated into the Act to ensure the relevant level of safety extends to requirements under all […]

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New Aviation sustainable development text

International civil aviation like most transport modes, is a substantial contributor of pollutants in the atmosphere, and this is an issue that needs constant reevaluation and attention. In the aviation sector, fuel burn currently contributes to around 2.5% of total carbon emissions, a proportion which could rise to 22% by 2050. Addressing this multifaceted issue in August this year Cambridge University Press released the book “Sustainable Development, International Aviation, and Treaty Implementation”. The book seeks to examine the effort to suppress greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft in harmony with the principles of sustainable development. The McGill Institute of Air and Space […]

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Lion Air flight JT610

Lion Air flight JT610, (registration PK-LQP) with 189 people on board, crashed into the waters of Karawang, West Java shortly after take-off on 29 October 2018. The Boeing Max 8 aircraft had departed from Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta International Airport and was headed for Pangkalpinang, off Sumatra. We express our condolences to all tragically affected by this accident, including the families of both passengers and crew. The information provided herein was gathered in the two months since the accident and is for information only – for families and supporters of those affected by the accident: passengers and crew. For specific information […]

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