Congress Set to Vote on FAA Reauthorization that Includes Consumer Protections and Safety Changes

Posted on Sep 27th, 2018

September 27, 2018—Congressional leaders on the Senate and House transportation committees announced this weekend that they had reached a compromise on a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The latest version of the bill, which has been the subject of heated debate in Con…

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FAA Drone Regulation Reaches Milestone but Challenges Remain

Posted on Aug 29th, 2018

On July 26, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it had issued more than 100,000 remote pilot certificates. Yet limitations on drone operations imposed by the FAA have led to both litigation and “work-arounds” by industry. The remote pilot certification requirement for drone …

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USTR Publishes “Exclusion” Procedures for Products Affected by the U.S. Tariffs on China

Posted on Jul 13th, 2018

In a notice published on July 6, 2018, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) outlined a way for U.S. stakeholders to get products excluded from the recent imposition of an additional ad valorem duty of 25 percent on Chinese products imported under 818 tariff lines, covering a trade val…

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FAA’s UAS Automated Flight Approval Expanded to 500 Airports

Posted on Mar 30th, 2018

In an effort to further integrate drones and other unmanned aircraft into the U.S. aviation system, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that testing of Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) will expand to 300 air traffic facilities serving a total of 500 air…

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ICAO Asia-Pacific Conference Highlights Region’s Opportunities and Challenges Amid Rapid Growth

Posted on Feb 9th, 2018

With the Asia-Pacific region on track to become the world’s largest air traffic market by 2022, high-level civil aviation officials met together at the 2018 ICAO APAC Ministerial Conference in Beijing last week to solidify shared commitments to critical aviation safety priorities, as well as to ide…

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US Begins Lifting Bans on Laptops in Cabins Based on New Security Measures

Posted on Jul 11th, 2017

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has lifted a ban on laptops and other portable electronic devices in the cabins of flights from certain airports in the Middle East, based on new DHS-specified security measures being adopted by the airlines and airports involved. The new measures have …

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