Aviation & Space Law

181 ABA Journal Aviation & Space Law articles.

Appeals court judge is detained, but makes flight, after loaded gun found at airport in his luggage

A Michigan Appeals Court judge is the subject of a criminal investigation after a loaded gun was reportedly found in his carry-on luggage on Sunday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Authorities…

Does property owner have the right to shoot down hobbyist’s hovering drone?

A hobbyist whose drone was shot down by a Kentucky property owner is asking a court for $1,500 in damages and a decision on who had rights to the airspace.

FAA claims that airplane ride-arranging sites violate federal regulations
Uber-type flight app shuts down after DC Circuit decision

A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by an airplane ride-arranging app that contended pilots finding passengers through its website didn’t need to have commercial licenses.

The U.S. Court…

Baby born on China Airlines flight diverted to Alaska eligible for US citizenship, official says

A Taiwanese woman who gave birth on Oct. 8 aboard a China Airlines flight to Los Angeles that was diverted to Alaska may have succeeded in what local media in…

Rhino hunter and US clubs sue Delta Airlines over transport ban on big-game trophies

Delta Airlines is facing a federal lawsuit over a ban it imposed on transporting big-game trophies in the wake of an international controversy over the hunting death of an African…

Law student is charged with flying drone at stadium during U of Kentucky football season opener

A University of Kentucky law student was charged with wanton endangerment on Friday after allegedly flying a drone at Commonwealth Stadium just before the season opener game against Louisiana-Lafayette kicked…

Lawyer says US suit is planned over crash of German plane in French Alps

Rejecting offered compensation of approximately $83,000, families of at least some of the 150 people killed earlier this year when their Germanwings flight crashed in the French Alps are planning…

August 5, 1981: Reagan fires air traffic controllers
Chicago ponders possible drone rules, could require registration and insurance

Addressing a new technology, Chicago’s city council is pondering possible regulations on drones that would restrict hours of operation and require owners of the unmanned small aircraft to register them…

How should we regulate the ‘sharing economy’?

Cities are interested in transportation services offered by groups like Uber and Lyft, but they also have concerns about public safety, according to a recent survey (PDF) by the…

Cellphone user had no expectation of privacy in pocket-dialed call, 6th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court has ruled that the former chairman of an airport board in Kentucky had no expectation of privacy in an inadvertent “pocket dial” call.

The decision

Writers blast ‘airline seating from hell’: One calls for law to ban plan detailed in patent filing

A French company’s patent application lays out a way for squeezing more passengers onto airplanes. However, those who might potentially use it aren’t enthused.

Among other techniques, the so-called “economy…

Freed from jail Thursday, accused airline stowaway attempter is arrested again Friday and Saturday

On Thursday, a 63-year-old woman who has made international headlines over her repeated claimed efforts to get aboard commercial airlines in multiple states without a ticket was released from the…

Report: FBI uses fake companies to disguise surveillance planes with video and cellphone technology

The FBI operates a fleet of low-flying aircraft equipped with video and cellphone surveillance technology that generally gather information without judicial approval, according to an investigative report.

The airplanes operate…

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