The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018: Its Implications to the Year Ahead
Following a number of short-term extensions since 2015, a long-term reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally been passed by the House in May 2018. The reauthorization is deemed critical to the U.S. aviation industry, specifically, with the emergence of technological advancements since the last passage of a significant aviation policy bill in 2012. A number of issues in the ratification of the bill include concerns on increased federal funding, unmanned traffic management (UTM), aviation protectionism, and regulation of airline business practices.
In this LIVE Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders brought together by The Knowledge Group will help aviation companies and their counsel understand the important aspects of this significant topic. They will provide an in-depth discussion of the recent updates and developments surrounding the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. Speakers will also offer an overview of the critical elements of the bill and its potential effects on the aviation industry in the near future.
Key topics include:
- The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 – An Overview
- Implementation Issues
- Recent Updates and Developments
- Emerging Issues and Trends
- 2019 Outlook
Michael Fleming, Partner
The Wicks Group PLLC
- Airport Investment Partnership Plan – Key Changes
- Name of the program
- Removal of limits on numbers
- Public sponsor options expanded
- Grants now available for evaluating the program
- Grant exemptions now mandatory
- Airline approval requirement remains in place
- Narrowing FAA’s Authority over Airport Non-Aeronautical Development
- FAA’s authority over non-aero development at airports is limited
- FAA’s review of changes to Airport Layout Plans is narrowed
- Funding Status
- Status quo AIP funding through 2023
- $1B per year in “supplemental discretionary funds”
- No increase in maximum rate
- Streamlining application process
- Expanded funding of multi-modal facilities
- DOT study of future airport funding requirements
Jennifer M. Nowak, Attorney
Holland & Knight LLP
- Accelerating UAS integration
- FAA required to develop regulations permitting drone package delivery by 2019
- FAA required to increase oversight over recreational drones
- Requires FAA to take steps in coordination with NASA to advance the creation and utilization of unmanned traffic management systems
- Authorizes the deployment of Counter-UAS capabilities
- Continuing efforts to regulate airline customer service
- DOT required to appoint an Aviation Consumer Advocate
- Airlines prohibited from involuntarily denying boarding to passengers who have already boarded
- Requiring website disclosures of certain information in the event a carrier has a widespread service disruption
- DOT required to develop Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill of Rights and airlines required to adopt it
- DOT permitted to increase the penalty for injuring a passenger with a disability or damaging his/her assistive device up to three-times its current level
- FAA required to issue regulations establishing minimum dimensions for passenger seats necessary for the safety of passengers on domestic flights.
- Air ambulance providers required to provide patients with DOT consumer advocate information.
Who Should Attend:
- Aviation Lawyers and Attorneys
- Aerospace and Aviation Company Executives
- Corporate Aviation Officials
- Interested Parties
Michael Fleming is a Partner, with nearly 30 years’ experience, at The Wicks Group (TWG), a Washington, DC aviation boutique law firm. Mr. Fleming advises airports, airlines, and business aviation clients. He leads TWG’s global airport P3 support, having recently submitted applications for the FAA’s airport investment program on behalf of both of the current commercial airport applicants. Michael advises airport clients on compliance, and has served as an expert witness in complex litigation centered on airport regulations. Mr. Fleming also leads the firm’s commercial transactions practice.
Mr. Fleming graduated from the University of Michigan, and received a J.D.-MBA from the University of Georgia. He worked for other aviation law and consulting firms prior to joining TWG in 2006. Prior to that, he worked for United Airlines and for AMR/Piaggio. Michael holds a private pilot’s license with instrument rating.
Michael Fleming is a Partner, with nearly 30 years’ experience, at The Wicks Group (TWG), a Washington, DC aviation boutique …
Jennifer M. Nowak is a Washington, D.C., attorney and a member of Holland & Knight's Public Policy and Regulation Group. Ms. Nowak's practice focuses on regulatory compliance and advocacy, with a particular emphasis on aviation law as well as food and drug law. Ms. Nowak regularly represents clients in rulemaking, enforcement and other regulatory proceedings before the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). She routinely assists international airline clients with the launch of service to the United States, advising not only on U.S. licensing but also on related transactional matters, such as contract review and negotiation, and providing ongoing counseling on myriad pre-launch and post-launch regulatory and compliance obligations. Ms. Nowak has extensive experience in advising clients in the construction and wind energy industries regarding FAA airspace obstruction evaluation regulations and policy as well as airport and local government land use issues. She supports clients with regulatory filings and assessments to ensure compliance with air space limitations, as well as counsels clients on mitigation strategies for noncompliant projects or structures.
Jennifer M. Nowak is a Washington, D.C., attorney and a member of Holland & Knight's Public Policy and Regulation Group. …
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About The Wicks Group PLLC
The Wicks Group, PLLC (TWG) is a boutique aviation law and consulting firm. TWG’s attorneys advise clients – airlines, airports, and governments – on an array of regulatory and commercial matters. TWG’s consultants also provide technical compliance support globally, advising foreign civil aviation authorities in their safety oversight function. TWG advises airports on regulatory matters including grant assurance compliance, competition, and many other matters. TWG also provides transactional support to airport clients encompassing use and lease agreements, management agreements, and more.
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