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European Union: Commission Proposes New Standards Regulating Use of Civil Drones

(Apr. 30, 2014) On April 4, 2014, the European Commission adopted a Communication entitled “A New Era for Aviation, Opening the Aviation Market to the Civil Use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems in a Safe and Sustainable Manner” (European Commission, COM (2014) 207 final, EUROPA (Apr. 8, 2014)). The Communication constitutes the Commission’s first step […]

European Union: Commission Gives Green Light to Proposed Merger Between Two U.S. Air Carriers

(Aug. 8, 2013) On August 5, 2013, the European Commission approved a proposed merger between US Airways Group and AMR Corporation, including AMR’s main subsidiary American Airlines, Inc. The proposed merger could potentially infringe European Union competition rules if it resulted in a monopoly on the London-Philadelphia route, for which US Airways and American Airlines […]

European Union: Revision of Flight Restrictions and Rest Requirements for Pilots

(July 17, 2013) On July 12, 2013, the Council of the European Union endorsed new rules proposed by the European Commission concerning the flight and duty limitations and rest requirements for pilots contained in Regulation No. 3922/1991. (Press Release, IP/13/690, European Commission, Aviation Safety: Member States Support the Revision of Aircrew Fatigue Rules (July 2, […]

Russia: New Rules for Air Passengers

(June 28, 2013) On June 7, 2013, the Law on Amendments to the Air Code of the Russian Federation was signed by the Russian President. (Law No. 124-FZ [in Russian], June 7, 2013, ROSSIISKAIA GAZETA (June 11, 2013) [official publication].) These newly adopted amendments make air travel more accessible for people with disabilities. The Law […]

Indonesia: New Semi-Private Company to Run Air Traffic Services

(Oct. 12, 2012) Indonesia has adopted a new regulation that establishes a semi-private corporation to run the air traffic services in the country. Under Government Regulation No. 77/2012 on Indonesian Flight Navigation Service Organizer Bodies, which was signed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on September 13,2012, the state-owned airport management authorities will no longer run […]

Indonesia; Singapore: Airspace over Islands to Revert to Indonesia

(May 22, 2012) On May 16, 2012, an official from Singapore, Raj Kumar, stated that control of the airspace above the Indonesian Riau Islands could revert to Indonesia. Singapore has controlled that airspace since 1946, and Indonesia has been actively seeking to gain control since 1993. Kumar stated of the possible transfer of authority that […]

Israel: Comprehensive Law on Aviation

(May 13, 2011) On March 30, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Aviation Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation regulates security of all civil aviation in Israel. It regulates licensing of all operators and service providers, including pilots, flight schools, airport inspectors, flight controllers, and manufacturers of aircraft and aviation equipment. In addition, the Law […]

Japan: Air Traffic Controllers Found Guilty

(Dec. 1, 2010) On October 26, 2010, Japan's Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Tokyo High Court that found two air traffic controllers guilty of causing bodily injury due to negligence. (Decision of the Supreme Court, Hei 20 [2008] (a) 920 [in Japanese] [information only, not text of the Decision], Courts in Japan website, […]

European Union: Air Cargo Carriers Fined by European Commission for Cartel

(Dec. 1, 2010) On November 9, 2010, 11 air cargo carriers were fined by the European Commission for maintaining a six-year cartel over surcharges for fuel and security costs. The airlines involved, Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, KLM, LAN-Chile, Martinair, Qantas, SAS, and Singapore Airlines, were fined a total of […]

European Union: EU Moves Toward More Air Cargo Security

(Nov. 19, 2010) On November 9, 2010, the European Union's Directorates-General for Justice and Home Affairs decided to enhance existing air cargo security rules. The decision was in response to recent events involving the discovery of two package-bombs in Britain and Dubai, sent from Yemen and destined for two synagogues in Chicago. It followed U.S. […]