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Defending for Dummies

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Aviation Law, Featured | 0 comments

Recently, I was asked to advise in the defence of an aviation criminal charge against a young man who had allegedly committed a form of terrorist crime. I was not asked to legally defend the young man.

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Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall: Cessna SIDs

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Aviation Law, Featured | 1 comment

The Cessna SIDs have fluttered a few feathers recently with much controversy surrounding their application, necessity and financial implications. Our pugnacious legal eagle takes a gander.

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Who Would Want to Manufacture an Aircraft?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Aviation Law, Featured | 0 comments

How can a bolt cause a fatal accident? Our resident solicitor and former airline pilot PAUL CLOUGH investigates.

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Any Plan is Better than No Plan

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Aviation Law, Featured | 0 comments

When I was a pilot, it was axiomatic that one prepared a flight plan, frequently filed a flight plan and then flew in accordance with the flight plan. Rarely was I expected nor did I just take off and devise what I was going to do when I had fresh air under the aircraft.

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Money, Money, Money

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Aviation Law, Featured | 0 comments

This month our resident solicitor Paul Clough deals with the transportation of millions of dollars worth of cash … and gold.

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Tiger Moth – Best of British

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Aviation Law, Featured | 0 comments

On 16 December 2013, a Tiger Moth suffered a double port wing failure in Queensland’s Southport Seaway area and plummeted into the sea 300 metres off South Stradbroke Island, killing both the pilot and the passenger.

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Look Before You Leap

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Aviation Law, Featured | 0 comments

A close look at the value of visual approaches for airline pilots.

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Don’t Try This in You Own Airplane

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Aviation Law, Featured | 2 comments

Perhaps you think the insurance that you have taken over your aeroplane will protect someone near and dear who is injured as a result of your flying efforts. Think again.

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Who or What is Pilot in Command?

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Aviation Law, Featured | 0 comments

Despite the slightly ungrammatical title, this article is about the function of pilot in command. In some ways it is a mentally directed function; in some ways a legal function; in some ways a consensus function.

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Qantas – Hanging on by the Skin of their Teeth

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in Aviation Law, Featured | 0 comments

There has been much fanfare surrounding the venture between Qantas and Emirates: the hoopla is the beginning of the end for international operations.

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Who Cares?

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Aviation Law, Featured | 0 comments

The Full Court of the Federal Court considered whether CASA owed a duty of care to persons or entities when that authority cancelled or suspended a chief pilot and chief flying instructor approval or a company’s AOC.

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Insecure Security

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Aviation Law | 0 comments

The activities of the pollies’ review committee could be likened to the mating of elephants. Initially, everything happened at high level, secondly a lot of dust and debris was stirred up and, finally, the gestation period takes about two years for any result to be delivered.

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Ansett Air Passenger Ticket Levy

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Aviation Law | 1 comment

On or about 12 September 2001, the Ansett group of companies were placed under external administration. Ultimately, 15,000 employees lost their jobs.

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Weather CASA Learns

Posted by on Aug 11, 2012 in Aviation Law | 0 comments

It was said by a wise old aviator that when a pilot first qualifies or gets a professional licence he is given two bags. One is marked ‘luck’ and is fairly full, the other is marked ‘experience’ and it is empty. The trick for the pilot is to fill the bag marked ‘experience’ before the bag marked ‘luck’ runs out.

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When Does a Lease become a Lease? When a LAME Wants to Work from his Van

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Aviation Law | 0 comments

On the 14th May 2008, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal had to adjudicate between the airport lessee of Archerfield Airport (Archerfield...

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The Law is an Ass

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Aviation Law | 0 comments

‘committed for trial four years after the events’

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Who Needs Enemies when you have Friends Like These?

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Aviation Law | 0 comments

‘I was reduced to the status of a fly on the wall in an aviation hearing’

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Ticket to Ride

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Aviation Law | 0 comments

‘an airline ticket is actually worth less than the paper it is written on’

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