Fees, Fees and More Fees! Airline Travel Isn’t What It Used To Be.

May 28, 2012

It seems that the airlines are charging more and more money for so-called “optional services” not included in the base fare and taxes and government-mandated fees added to that base fare.  These fees can really add up, especially for those hit hardest by them – the infrequent flier.  These fees can be a big challenge [...]

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Are You Kidding Me! The TSA Is Just Now Starting To Screen Cargo On Inbound International Flights!

May 20, 2012

How safe is it to fly the friendly skies?  In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (a/k/a, the Commission), was tasked with analyzing the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  They were also charged with making recommendations designed to guard against future attacks. [...]

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Preemption in Aviation Law – Not Sexy but Important

May 12, 2012

Preemption.  Most people have probably never heard of it.  So, what is it and what impact can it have? As everyone knows, all of us in the United States are subject to multiple layers of laws – federal, state and local.  The U.S. being a republic, in theory anyway, we have historically preferred state and [...]

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Airplanes Should Not Play Chicken With Birds

April 28, 2012

So what happens when a plane hits a bird?  You might think the answer is not much.  You would be wrong. Here are but a few examples.  A Delta Airlines plane recently made an emergency landing at JFK airport in New York when it lost an engine during a mid-air collision with a bird   The [...]

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What Happens To Wreckage After An Aviation Crash And Who Foots The Bill For It?

April 21, 2012

Generally, after a plane crashes, a representative of the National Transportation Safety Board is sent to the crash site.  This representative conducts an investigation into the cause of the crash and will usually have the wreckage moved to a storage facility in order to complete the analysis and to determine whether any parts of the [...]

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Airline Weather Delays – Passenger Rights (Or Lack Thereof)

April 13, 2012

Storms plague all of us, particularly in states like Texas where they can be sudden and devastating.  Several Texas counties have been declared disaster areas in the wake of recent storms.  Two weeks ago, seventeen confirmed tornadoes touched down in the Dallas area in one day alone. Local airlines were not immune from the impact [...]

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The Airline Passenger Bill of Rights: The Letter of Law versus the Spirit of the Law

April 7, 2012

Anyone who travels regularly by air encounters delays and knows all too well the frustration of being held on the airport tarmac for what seems like an eternity.  In some cases, these delays have resulted in passengers on commercial carriers sitting on the tarmac for ten or eleven hours, in some cases without food or [...]

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Australia Crash Sparks Debate About Potential Safety Issues Regarding Robinson Helicopters

February 14, 2012

According to the NTSB, since 1980, there have been 247 fatal accidents worldwide involving various makes of Robinson helicopters.  There have been many more that resulted in serious injuries.  Granted, not all of these accidents were the result of problems with the aircraft.  Many can be attributed to poor piloting procedures and inadequate planning [...]

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Are Experimental Aircraft Safe?

January 31, 2012

The rising costs associated with owning, maintaining and flying manufacturer-produced, normally certificated aircraft have driven many pilots into the amateur-built aircraft market.  According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the number of amateur-built planes in the United States has been increasing by about four percent annually over the past several years.  Such fast paced growth is [...]

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Is An NTSB Report Conclusive In A Civil Suit?

December 20, 2011

The short answer is no.  The NTSB is responsible for investigating the probable and contributing causes of aviation accidents.  The primary purpose of the NTSB investigation is to determine whether there are broader safety issues present that should be addressed by the FAA and/or by aircraft or component part manufacturers.  If the NTSB finds that [...]

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