Gates Aviation Ltd
The Aviation Law Review goes from strength to strength, with this year marking its launch on the Law Reviews website, making this edition accessible to over 12,000 in-house counsel, as well as subscribers to Bloomberg Law and Lexis Nexus worldwide. The Review continues to expand, with new contributions this year from Jarolim Flitsch in Austria, Callenders in the Bahamas, ASBZ from Brazil, Conyers Dill & Pearman from the BVI, the Grandall Law Firm from China, Squire Patton Boggs from France, LYNX from Norway, the SMATSA Aviation Academy of Serbia and Robert Lawson QC, now of Clyde & Co in the UK.
Drones, Brexit, lithium batteries and the failure of BA’s IT system grounding its fleet for a weekend have been the eye-catching aviation topics of the recent past. The pace of regulation around the world governing the operation of drones is picking up speed as the threats to aviation safety become clearer; either as a result of deliberate misconduct up to and including terrorism on the part of operators, or simple, mindless rubbernecking. The contemplated ban on the carriage of laptops in the cabins of aircraft flying to the United States has provoked significant comment, particularly with reference to the occasional propensity of lithium batteries in laptops to spontaneously combust. Such a combustion from multiple laptops in the hold of an aircraft will provoke some interesting liability and insurance questions should it occur.