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- Is Drone Hunting Going to be Legal in the United States?
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.
- When Can Kids Fly Alone?
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?
- What Are My Legal Rights if My Flight Gets Canceled or Delayed?
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?
- Why Can't I Use My Phone on a Flight?
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
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".
- Coping After Aviation Accidents
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.
- Too Drunk to Fly? Federal Blood-Alcohol Limits for Pilots
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.
- New Federal Medevac Helicopter Safety Regulations Proposed
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.
- New Airline Pilot Rules Approved by Congress
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.
- Congress Passes Law to Increase Safety on Commercial Flights
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.