Australian Civil Space Strategy Launch

In April 2019, the Australian Civil Space Strategy was released by the Australian Government outlining the plan to transform and grow Australia’s space industry over the next 10 years. It sets out a vision to lift the broader economy and to improve the lives of Australians by: opening doors internationally; promoting responsible regulation, risk management and culture; increasing national capability and inspiring and building a future workforce. It is pleasing to note the balance between, on the one hand, energising and supporting the Australian space industry and its activities at home and abroad, and on the other hand, promoting responsible […]

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Drone Licences Will Be Required By July

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has recently unveiled a new registration and licences scheme for drones in Australia. Under the new scheme, anyone who wants to fly a drone that weighs more than 250 grams, whether commercially or recreationally, will have to be accredited. On 28 March 2019 CASA’s website published the following: 28 March 2019 CASA is planning to introduce a drone registration and accreditation scheme from later this year – but it has yet to be finalised. This follows consultation with the community from 25 January to 22 February 2019, where we sought feedback on the details. The proposed registration and […]

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IALPG Hosts Space Law Seminar In Canberra

On the 13th of March we hosted our first ever Space Law Seminar in Canberra. Principal and Founder, Joseph Wheeler, introduced IALPG and what we do, and Special Counsel, Space Law, Duncan Blake, led discussion on the future of Space and Space Law. We had a variety of different backgrounds and a wealth of industry knowledge in the room, with attendees from a variety of private and public companies and agencies. IALPG would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who attended to contribute to the interesting discussion, and for being a part of this unique event. Duncan’s […]

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Ethiopian Airlines ET302: The Legal Aftermath

In an article published by The Australian last week, IALPG’s Principal Joseph Wheeler writes about the multitude of legal problems Boeing may face in the aftermath of Ethiopian Airlines ET302 and Lion Air JT610. A link to the original article published by The Australian is here. A copy of the full text is below for information only. Legal nightmare for Boeing over 737 MAX 8 crashes By JOSEPH WHEELER 12:00AM MARCH 22, 2019 There has been much early technical analysis and even earlier purported conclusions about the true causes of the recent tragedies of Ethiopian Airlines ET 302 and Lion […]

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Update – Angels Are Coming

This week the Australian Navigational Guide Explaining Laws for Space (ANGELS), which will provide guidance for Australia’s burgeoning space industry, met an important milestone in its evolution. Creating an essential web resource for space startups and entrepreneurs is no mean feat, even in a tech sense.  Accordingly, shortlisted web developers gave pitches to the ANGELS team in Adelaide on 27 March 2019 in order to secure their chance at being involved with this novel and important project for Australia’s space and associated industries. We will announce the name of the successful developer in our next edition, but note the high […]

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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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