• Aerospace & Aviation Law Basics

    Aerospace law and aviation law basic information - find lawyers and attorneysAviation law covers all regulation and statutes of what is allowed in the air. Aviation law encompasses statutes and administration designed to regulate air traffic. It covers many of the details of air travel as well as the business issues relating to air travel. It dictates what type of people can apply for and receive a pilot’s license and what immunizations are required to do so. Aviation law regulates the management of communicable diseases in aviation (such as SARS and avian flu) and the incorporation of medical facilities at international airports.Aviation safety and security are the major concerns of aviation law. Aviation law delineates the “Freedoms of the Air” and is clear in its standards for protecting the safety of pilots and passengers in their air regarding the certification, operation, and airworthiness of aircraft, including instrument design, licensing and training of personal and strict transport procedures. Federal law governs regulation of airspace so aviation lawyers need to be aware of both their own state’s aviation laws and the federal law. States are actually prohibited from regulating rates, routes, or services of any air carrier authorized under the Federal Aviation Act.

    Because aviation lawyers are involved in so many facets of the air travel industry, aviation law requires a deep working knowledge of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations as well as an understanding of aviation. Aviation lawyers may be involved in helping airlines obtain special licenses such as foreign air carrier permits. They will also help the airline in personal injury cases and cargo damage claims. Aviation attorneys may assist airlines in obtaining charter authorities or operational authorizations. They can also represent their clients in proceedings for HAZMAT violations, cargo sanctions or passenger complaints. If there are U.S. Customs or immigration problems, aviation lawyers have the expertise to step in to handle that for their clients. Aviation lawyers can lease airport premises for their clients and advise them on advertising and noise regulation standards. Aviation lawyers will sometimes act as a go-between, reviewing and preparing contracts between their airline clients and travel agents, charter services, wholesalers, maintenance providers, and spare parts suppliers. They might even help an airline with its trademark and service mark registrations.

    Aviation law also includes aerospace law (what is allowed in outer space) and aviation accidents as well. Aerospace lawyers will assist with the legal issues of satellite launches, disasters in space and the liabilities and issues relating to the future possibility of space tourism. There are five treaties of international space law which cover arms control, freedom of exploration over space, liability for damage caused by space objects, the safety and rescue of spacecraft and astronauts, the notification and registration of space activities, scientific investigation, as well as other concerns. Aviation accident lawyers attempt to assist in commercial airline disaster cases and aviation accident investigations by instructing airlines and insurers on the procedures and process of the investigation. In this sense, aviation attorneys will need to be familiar with the regulations and the procedures of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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