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Civil Aviation in Turkey: A Fine Balance Between Growth and Regulatory Tendencies

  July 14, 2014     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
Global civil aviation industry is expected to register a 5% passenger growth for the next two decades. The growth in the industry is mainly generated by the growing number of passengers in Asia and the Middle East.

US Aviation and Defense Industry: Simultaneous Growth and Decline

  July 10, 2014     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
The American aerospace and defense industries have recently found themselves in an odd situation of simultaneous growth and decline. To be more precise the non defense related component of the industry; the civilian aviation industries are bent on a course of growth, however the other component of the industry; the defense related aerospace industry is in decline.

US Defense Industry: The Impact of ITAR for the Business

  June 13, 2014     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is one of the key components of the United States‘ export regime regulating the defense related items and the items that have dual use features.

Turkish Aviation Industry: Combination of Growth with Rising Quality

  May 15, 2014     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
In conjunction with the rapid economic growth of the country, Turkish aviation industry has been registering a remarkable growth during the recent years. Utilizing from the geographical position of the country, which is strategically located in the close vicinity of Middle East and Africa as well as acting as a bridge between Europe and Asia, the Turkish aviation industry has taken off to be one of the leading in Europe.

Airport Premises - Traps for the Unwary

  April 25, 2014     By Ince & Co LLP
Taking a tenancy of airport real estate may at first appear little different to leasing any other type of commercial property. This article highlights some of the traps that may occur.

MH370 - The Montreal Convention from a Malaysian Perspective

  April 24, 2014     By Brijnandan Singh Bhar & Co
An insight for the unfortunate whose relatives were traveling on MH370.

Turkey and Aircraft Financing Junction: Sukuk Issuing

  March 24, 2014     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
Despite a slowdown in 2013 with 13% decline by sukuk volume, it is most likely to witness a distinct expand in next year since it will lie beyond Gulf region.

Aviation Security Interests in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the CEMAC

  March 10, 2014     By Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associates
Through Law No 10/014 of December 31, 2010 in respect of civil aviation, the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) has reformed and modernized the legal and institutional framework of air transport.

New Amendment to the Highly Qualified Persons Rules - Malta

  February 13, 2014     By CSB Advocates
Legal Notice 16 of 2014, has brought into effect amendments to the Highly Qualified Persons Rules, applicable retrospectively from year of assessment 2013.

Ground Handling Exceptions for Foreign Air Carriers in Turkey

  January 10, 2014     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
Turkish Civil Aviation is developing each passing day with extending capacity of passenger carried, increasing amount of airlines and of course third airport project in Istanbul.

How to Reach Ground Handling Service Market in Turkey?

  January 3, 2014     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
Under the terms of Turkish Civil Aviation Law, the types of airport ground handling services in Turkey are grouped as follows.

Is Drone Hunting Going to be Legal in the United States?

  December 19, 2013     By HG.org
After reports of domestic spying surfaced, and the possibility that drone aircraft might be used to carry out surveillance of Americans, many reacted violently. This led to what was initially considered an absurd suggestion that “drone hunting” should be legalized. However, several jurisdictions have actually made movement in the direction of issuing permits to shoot surveillance aircraft out of the sky.

Turkish Civil Aviation Authority Greenlights the Green Airports

  December 16, 2013     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
In 2009, Directorate General of Civil Aviation launched a project that systematically decreases the existing or future damages of airport establishments on the environment and human health and to eliminate if possible.

Turkish Aviation Industry under Monitoring

  December 9, 2013     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
Commercial air transportation operators are now subject to independent audit system in order to control operations which should comply with flight, passenger and cargo safety regulations.

When Can Kids Fly Alone?

  December 3, 2013     By HG.org
It is not uncommon, particularly around the holidays, for children to visit family members in other states. Sometimes this means taking a flight. But, for many families, it is just not financially feasible for a parent to accompany the child on the flight. So, what are the laws and rules regarding when children can fly alone?

Examination of Code-Share Agreements under Competition Law - Turkey

  December 3, 2013     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
In today’s economy, each passing day it gets more difficult for airlines to compete and survive only with their own resources and capabilities. New developments on information technologies, communication sector and cross-border economic activities force companies to compete each other in every level of their business field.

Overall Analysis of Code-Share Agreements in Global Markets

  November 25, 2013     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
Code sharing on international markets has become a significant opportunity for airlines which has grown rapidly in recent years across the airline industry.

Limitation on Aircraft Ages in Turkish Aviation Industry

  November 25, 2013     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
The secondary legislation in Turkish aviation industry, Regulation on Commercial Air Transportation (SHY-6A) has been changed recently and published on the Official Gazette dated 16 November 2013

An Overview of Turkish Defense and Aerospace Industry, Tendency to Domestic Production

  November 18, 2013     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
Turkey as a member of NATO and due to its geographic location has been allocated the highest funds from the budget to defense industry for many years. Today the total turnover of defense and aerospace industry is around USD 4,5 - 5,0 billion.

Rising Star of Transportation: Seaplane

  November 18, 2013     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
Seaplanes are emerged as an alternative solution, by combining seaway and airway, for inland and overseas transportation with a variety of commercial roles and usages in order to expand the limits of transportation. Seaplane gives the opportunity to operate in various conditions such as on snow, water or ground

How to Start Up an Aviation Company in Turkey?

  November 18, 2013     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
Pursuant to the legislation regarding to operate a commercial airline, as a preliminary condition to transport passengers or cargo or passengers and cargo against compensation for commercial purposes or to engage in other commercial activities, individuals and legal persons must obtain the authorization from Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication ("MTMC").

Foreign Ownership of an Aviation Company in Turkey

  November 18, 2013     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
The aviation industry has grown up in Turkey after 2002 with the liberalization policies in the market. This potential has attracted the foreign investment to this fast-growing industry even the rules and regulations allows to the certain limits.

What Are My Legal Rights if My Flight Gets Canceled or Delayed?

  November 16, 2013     By HG.org
Anyone who has done much travel has had to contend with delayed flights or cancellations. Though often unavoidable due to weather or conditions beyond the airline's control, the ones who usually suffer the most are the stranded passengers. So what are your rights if a flight is canceled or delayed?

Nomad Aviation Granted Air Operator Certificate from Malta

  November 8, 2013     By CSB Advocates
Nomad Aviation (Europe) Ltd., a subsidiary of Nomad Aviation AG in Switzerland has received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from Transport Malta’s Civil Aviation Directorate. CSB Advocates is proud to have assisted the Nomad team with this process.

Why Can't I Use My Phone on a Flight?

  November 1, 2013     By HG.org
For years, frequent commuters have complained about the inability to use their electronic devices on planes. Several years ago, the restrictions relaxed somewhat, allowing the use of approved electronic devices while at cruising altitude, and a recent rule change will allow the use of electronic devices, even during takeoff and landing, in the near future. But, why were these things banned in the first place? Why can one still not make a phone call from their cell phone during a flight?

American Jurisprudence and Just Culture

  November 1, 2013     By DunlapWeaver, PLLC
This article investigates the application of the American legal system in aviation accidents by comparing and contrasting the American (US) jurisprudence with the European administration of justice in aviation accidents. In particular the article discusses the importance of fostering a "just culture".

Wet Lease Agreements under Turkish Regulations

  September 24, 2013     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
A wet lease is a leasing arrangement whereby the lessor (one airline or aircraft operator) provides an aircraft, complete crew/only cockpit crew, maintenance, and insurance (hull and third party liability) to the lessee (another airline or aircraft operator), which pays by hours operated. The term ACMI is an acronym signifying the four main elements of a wet lease which are; Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance.

Liability of Air Carrier for Aviation Accidents - Turkey

  September 11, 2013     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
In virtue of technology development and progress in international economic and also political relations, the air transportation has become a preferable transportation type in the world.

Coping After Aviation Accidents

  September 1, 2013     By HG.org
Traveling by air is still one of the safest forms of transportation. Although airplane crashes are extremely rare, they do still happen ocasionally. When a major airline disaster occurs, the federal government provides support services to the families of victims and to survivors.

Amendment to the Highly Qualified Persons Rules - Malta

  June 19, 2013     By CSB Advocates
Legal Notice 152 of 2013, has brought into effect amendments to the Highly Qualified Persons Rules, applicable retrospectively from the 1st of January 2013.

Too Drunk to Fly? Federal Blood-Alcohol Limits for Pilots

  April 24, 2013     By The Law Office of Marc S. Kohnen
In January 2013, a pilot was arrested after failing a breathalyzer test in the cockpit. The pilot was about to take off with more than 50 passengers aboard the plane.

SLOT Applications of Turkish Civil Aviation

  January 22, 2013     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
Principally, the Turkish civil aviation legislation is prepared by two authorities in Turkey: Directorate General of Civil (“DGCA”) and the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (“GDSAA”). DGCA regulates and ensures the development of the civil aviation activities therefore GDSAA performs the management of Turkish airports and controls the Turkish airspace as a state owned enterprise since 1984.

Highly Qualified Persons Rules - 15% Flat Tax Rate on Employment Income - Malta

  November 12, 2012     By Mamo TCV Advocates
Malta’s position within the financial services, gaming and aviation sectors, is further bolstered by the newly introduced 15% flat tax rate on; income derived from employment in Malta, by persons not domiciled in Malta and working in either of the ‘eligible offices’ as defined by the HQP Rules. With a minimum annual tax payable of € 11,250, equating to a 15% tax rate being applied to an income of € 75,000, tax planning has become a lot simpler.

VAT and Aircraft Leasing Initiative – Malta

  November 8, 2012     By Mamo TCV Advocates
The VAT Department in Malta has issued guidelines relating to aircraft leasing. The guidelines which are based on the current yacht leasing measures, seek to mitigate the VAT impact on the purchase of an aircraft and its engines.

The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)

  October 24, 2012     By Zorlu Law
Formation of the contract under the Vienna Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods 1980 (CISG) in comparison with Turkish Code of Obligations. 1 – General - The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) was signed in Vienna on 11th April 1980 by the United Nations and entered into force on 1st January 1988.

Aviation Law: Fatal Accidents and Seeking Compensation in Pakistan

  October 23, 2012     By Azimuddin Law Associates
The article examines the law of damages in Pakistan in respect of aviation claims. This paper examines the following questions in order to assist those who seek compensation as a result of Fatal Accidents. (1) When does the limitation period expire under the Pakistani laws? (2) Is there a cap on compensation being paid by the airline as a consequence of an aviation disaster case?...

Israel - Can a Land Delivery Company be Considered an Air Forwarder for the Sake of International Treaties?

  October 18, 2012     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
The Warsaw treaty - The laws dealing with international air transports (the Warsaw Treaty, the Montreal Treaty, the Air Transport Treaty) pose a fundamental obstacle to the possibility of suing an airline company for damage to cargo. Among other things, these laws set a restriction on the amount of compensation that can be demanded as well as a relatively short statute of limitations- two years from the plane's arrival at its destination (or the date it was supposed to arrive).

Responsibility of Aerodrome Operators - Bird Strikes in Malta

  August 22, 2012     By Mamo TCV Advocates
Nicholas Valenzia (Mamo TCV Advocates examines the judgment in Air Malta plc and Shield Insurance Company (Guernsey) Limited v. Malta International Airport plc (by Justice Raymond C. Pace presiding the First Hall of the Civil Court ) : The author was involved in this litigation as a member of the plaintiffs’ external counsel team.

Aircraft Finance in Turkey

  March 9, 2012     By Ketenci & Ketenci
Turkey has recently ratified the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (the "Convention") and the Protocol to the Convention on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment (the "Protocol" and, together with the Convention, the "Cape Town Convention"). By ratifying such Convention, Turkey has become a country which is very fit for aircraft finance in all respects.

JAA v FAA An Overview of Aviation Regulation: Beginnings, Functions and Licensing Practices

  March 2, 2012     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
In that aviation has helped advance the globalization of our world, it is important to review our beginnings and look forward to where we see ourselves in the future. This article will concentrate on the origins, functions and licensing of modern air transportation systems throughout our world; in particular, where we started and the direction we are headed.

Air Traffic Controller Errors on the Rise: A Report From Your South Florida Injury Lawyer

  December 15, 2011     By Reifkind & Thompson, P.L.
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), certain errors by air traffic controllers rose by 81 percent between 2007 and 2010. These errors, which result in planes flying too closely to one another or too closely to an object, have the potential to result in injury or death. For instance, in January of 2010, an error made by an air traffic controller resulted in a plane crash in Hawaii that killed a pilot and passenger.

How Is The Technology For Avoiding Midair Collisions Advancing?

  October 3, 2011     By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie, Inc
Over the years, flying has become an increasingly safe mode of travel, with the annual number of fatalities suffered in accidents steadily declining. However, midair collisions, especially involving smaller aircraft, still pose a significant safety threat, with an average of 30 crashes resulting in a total of 75 deaths recorded each year since 1978. An accident that recently occurred in California illustrates the problem, explains a lawyer in the state.

Airline Safety Statistics Suggest Domestic Progress, Global Challenges

  September 27, 2011     By Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.
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Growing Problem on Bird Strikes in Los Angeles

  August 31, 2011     By Mesriani Law Group
When animals go wild, accidents may always happen. One thing is certain: the skies are not only for airplanes but also for birds. In the United States, many airline companies are in risk of getting involved in unexpected airplane accidents due to bird strikes.

The Registration and Enforcement of Mortgages and Other Security Interests over Malta-registered Aircraft

  August 18, 2011     By CSB Advocates
Following its success in the maritime sector, Malta has undertaken an ambition to replicate that success in the area of aircraft registration. Complex aircraft finance transactions often share many characteristics with ship finance in the sense that both involve assets of great value which may be utilized to grant significant security to financiers and both industries are intrinsically international in nature. Moreover aircraft and ships require registration.

The Aircraft Register of Choice within Europe - Malta

  July 19, 2011     By CSB Advocates
Spurred by the prosperity and solid reputation of Valletta's maritime register over the past 20 years and the increasing number of US-based owners looking towards Europe for their aircraft registration requirements, the Maltese Government is currently in the course of implementing a comprehensive legal and regulatory framework for the registration of aircraft- primarily business and private jets- on the Maltese aircraft register.

On-Air: Dealing with Personal Injury in a Turbulent Plane

  May 24, 2011     By Mesriani Law Group
Although rare in occurrence, in-flight injuries do occur inside an aircraft. These injuries may be caused by turbulence, negligent flight attendants, carts, falling baggage, or other passengers. Actual injuries may prove to be disconcerting once it occurs due to the rarity of the event. But once it has been established, the right to sue is definitely no longer a question.

The Court: an Unsigned Contract with a Logistics Services Supplier Is Binding - Israel

  March 9, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
From time to time, disputes rise between sides who do not regulate their relations in a written contract. Situations like these reach the courts for settlement, and for the court’s ruling on a complex question regarding the very core of the relations formed between the parties.

Can an International Forwarder Enjoy the Status of an Air Carrier? Court Updates - Israel

  March 9, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
As we know, the laws of aerial shipping grant various benefits to an air carrier, including limited liability and shortened limitation period.

NTSB Issues Safety Recommendation Based on 2001 Airline Crash near JFK

  February 16, 2011     By Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently issued a safety recommendation to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regarding the November 2001 crash of an American Airlines Airbus near JFK.

New Federal Medevac Helicopter Safety Regulations Proposed

  February 16, 2011     By Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed new rules to increase safety for medevac helicopter pilots, first responders and the patients they set out to help.

American Passengers Have Limited Rights in International Airline Crashes

  February 16, 2011     By Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.
Not all passengers are treated equally under the law. International travelers may face greater restrictions when pursuing legal claims than their counterparts who are only traveling domestically.

Cause of Fatal Livermore Plane Crash under Investigation

  February 16, 2011     By Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.
A total of 56 percent of aviation accidents in the last 60 years were caused by human error, with 50 percent caused by pilot error and 6 percent caused by other human error.

New Airline Pilot Rules Approved by Congress

  December 21, 2010     By Eglet Wall Christiansen
In February of 2009, a commuter plane crashed near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Forty-nine passengers and crew were killed as well as one person on the ground. Initially, ice buildup was suspected in the crash, but a report by The New York Times indicates that the National Traffic Safety Board's (NTSB) analysis shows ice was not a prominent factor in the crash. Instead, it appears pilot error is to blame.

Nigeria's Aviation Industry Needs Radical Overhaul and Modernization

  September 24, 2010     By Blackfriars LLP
The deplorable state of infrastructure at both the international and domestic airports in Nigeria has given rise to a call by all and sundry for an immediate radical revamp of the aviation industry.

Cape Town Convention

  September 20, 2010     By Serap Zuvin Law Offices
The Cape Town Convention is an international agreement that strives to provide a much clearer structure for international aviation finance. The Cape Town Convention augments the Chicago convention which was the primary source of regulation to governing the registration of airframes, aircraft, and helicopters. The Chicago convention only provided a very loose framework of international law regarding the nationality of aircraft.

Congress Passes Law to Increase Safety on Commercial Flights

  September 15, 2010     By The Perecman Firm, PLLC
This August, President Obama signed the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-216) into law. The Act is the first piece of major federal legislation aimed at strengthening airline safety standards passed in the last 20 years.

European Single Sky Program

  September 6, 2010     By Serap Zuvin Law Offices
After the eruption of an Icelandic volcano earlier this year, it became clear that in order to be able to respond in a fluid and coordinated way to another incident; Europe must push ahead with the single sky project that was originally set to be completed by 2020 and have standards in place by 2012.

Helicopter Accidents in Arizona

  June 16, 2010     By Solomon & Relihan, P.C.
In 2007 there were 178 helicopter accidents in the United States.

Airplane Maintenance Outsourcing Tests Bounds of Safety

  May 17, 2010     By Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.
The airline industry considers the airplane maintenance outsourcing to be one of the most effective ways to cut costs, but many are concerned about the safety of offshore maintenance facilities.

Transportation Law

  May 14, 2010     By Boltz Law
100% of all air cargo on passengers flights will be screened beginning August 3, 2010 TSA’s certified cargo screening program to the rescue.

Legal Framework of Aircraft Finance in Turkey

  February 26, 2010     By Akdogan Uslas, Attorneys at Law
The Turkish aviation industry and the civil aviation sector have made remarkable progress over the last decade in terms of fleet size, passenger number and profitability. As a consequence of new players’ intention to enter this attractive market and the existing players’ thirst for growth, aircraft finance has been in high demand these last years. Below you may find the essentials of the Turkish aircraft finance practice from a legal standpoint.

The Safest Seat Sections in Airplanes

  January 5, 2010     By Mesriani Law Group
The business class section in airplanes is often associated with affluence and prestige, with the most comfortable accommodation and offers the highest level of service. However, there are controversial studies showing that this section may not be the best seat for people, aside from its steep price.

Regional Air Crash Inspires New Aviation Safety Legislation

  October 20, 2009     By Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.
Catastrophic events often propel significant changes in regulation; this is precisely what has happened in response to the tragic airplane crash near Buffalo, New York, earlier this year.

Civil Aviation Law in Cameroon

  September 12, 2009     By Henry, Samuelson & Co.
The law regulating civil aviation in Cameroon is law n°98/023 of 24 December 1998 on the regime of civil aviation.

"Montreal Convention: The Unification of Certain Rules on Damages in Air Carriage"

  June 19, 2009     By Serap Zuvin Law Offices
Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air ("Montreal Convention") was opened to signature in Montreal by the states participating in the “International Conference on Air Law” held in Montreal during May 10th to 28th 1999 for the purpose of harmonizing of the Warsaw Convention to today’s conditions.

Aviation Accident Attorneys can Win your Claim

  June 8, 2009     By The Reeves Law Group
Although aviation accidents do not occur on a daily basis, the effects and heartache can potentially last for years following these tragedies. As one of the states in the U.S. with the most public airports and private jet ways, Californians have seen their fair share of aviation accidents that have resulted in large scale catastrophes, serious injuries, and untimely deaths.

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