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Category Archives: Aviation Law

Doomed Indonesian plane with 189 on board had asked to return to base

By Fergus Jensen and Tommy Ardiansyah, Reuters PAKISJAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) – An Indonesian aircraft with 189 people on board crashed into the sea on Monday as it tried to circle back to the capital, Jakarta, from where it had taken off minutes earlier, and there were likely no survivors, officials said. Lion Air flight JT610,… Read More »

Flight tracker shows plane over ocean. Then, it disappears 100 miles off Charleston.

By: Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier The Coast Guard continued its search Friday for a small airplane that went missing off Charleston a day earlier. Flight-tracking websites showed a Piper PA-31 owned by a Delaware company flying southward over the Atlantic Ocean toward the Bahamas when it suddenly fell off radar. The Federal Aviation Administration… Read More »

Marine pilot in stable condition after fighter jet crashes near Beaufort air station

By Mandy Matney, Wade Livingston, Maggie Angst and Stephen Fastenau, The Beaufort Gazette A U.S. pilot ejected from a multi-million dollar fighter jet that crashed on a small island just miles from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on Friday morning, according to officials. The jet, a single-seat Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIwith Marine Corps training squadron VMFAT-501— a unit… Read More »

Passengers, crew survive after Air Niugini plane crashes into sea in Micronesia

By Nick Perry, Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand – All 47 passengers and crew survived a plane’s crash landing in a Pacific lagoon Friday morning, wading through waist-deep water to the emergency exits and escaping on local boats that came to the rescue in the Micronesia archipelago. Seven people were taken to a hospital, according to… Read More »

Pilot, co-pilot dead & couple in critical condition after Greenville plane crash

By Dal Kalsi, Fox Carolina (Meredith Corporation) GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – The coroner said two people died after a plane crash at the Greenville Downtown Airport Thursday afternoon and officials asked people to avoid the area due to a Hazmat situation. Witnesses nearby said the plane was broken in half at the edge of Airport… Read More »

Family gets $6.8 million in lawsuit over fatal mid-air plane crash in Moncks Corner

By Angie Jackson, The Post & Courier Relatives of a Berkeley County father and son killed when an Air Force jet rammed into their Cessna over Moncks Corner in 2015 will receive a $6.8 million settlement from the federal government. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel approved the wrongful death settlement during a hearing Friday where he… Read More »

FAA’s restrictions on drones withstand a hobbyist’s legal challenge

By Bloomberg The U.S. government’s ability to police hobbyist drone use was upheld by an appellate court Friday in a ruling that helps set the stage for a series of new restrictions and requirements that aviation regulators hope to enact soon. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday rejected arguments by… Read More »

NATA Forms Illegal Charter Task Force to Address a Top Industry Concern

June 1, 2018 NATA has announced an initiative to combat illegal charter, addressing a growing concern among members and the industry. The announcement follows several months of collaboration with its membership and Air Charter Committee, and meetings with the FAA to highlight the necessary steps to strengthen the association’s efforts to protect this vital industry…. Read More »

Safety last: Lies and coverups mask roots of small-plane carnage

By Thomas Frank, USA Today A tragedy in Iowa BLAME SHIFTS FROM PILOTS TO HIDDEN DEFECTS, DANGEROUS DESIGNS The first flight of 8-year-old Caryn Stewart’s life was supposed to be a quick sightseeing tour over eastern Iowa in her uncle’s four-seat Piper Cherokee. Nervous and excited, she sat quietly behind her mother and next to her… Read More »


By AOPA Communications Staff The revised bipartisan bill has found much more support among Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster’s (R-Pa.) colleagues sans ATC “privatization.” H.R. 4 was introduced by the entire leadership of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its six subcommittees including Shuster, Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank… Read More »