Author Archive: Mark Dombroff

AERO Newsletter

September 2, 2016 To: All AERO Members and Prospective Members: This newsletter is being sent to provide some background information, status of AERO and perspective on what is to come. In July, the first meeting of AERO was held at Dentons’ Washington office, one of the sponsors of AERO. The purpose of the meeting was to announce the formation of an Aviation Emergency Response (centric) Organization, which will be called AERO. The meeting was well attended with around 150 people…
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EgyptAir 804/MH Flight 370 Déjà vu… All Over Again

Been there!  Seen that! In the hours and days following the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370, speculation was rampant.  The “talking heads” on Fox and CNN felt they had a license, maybe even a mandate, to speculate.  Few and far between were genuine experts and, even fewer and farther between, were  talking heads who were genuine experts and who refused to engage in speculation. Plane-ly Spoken went back and looked at the posts in the days and weeks…
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TSA: There’s No Reason Why Passenger Screening Can’t Be Safe And Expeditious

The current controversy and unhappiness regarding the TSA is understandable.  Prior to 9/11, passenger screening was the responsibility of the airlines.  At each airport, the carriers got together and one airline, acting on behalf of all of them, hired a screening company to staff the checkpoints.  There was no TSA, and it was the FAA which oversaw airport security.  The FAA job was to monitor and surveil the screening companies. In the post 9/11 world, the TSA was created as…
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Icon to Customers: “We’ll Sell You Our Aircraft, But Only If You Promise Not To Sue Us!”

It’s a neat airplane.  It lands on water!  Its wings fold!  It’s composite! It even has a parachute! The Icon A5 is advertised as being designed to “handle predictibly [and] like a well-mannered sports car.” If you’ve seen the A5 at any of the industry shows at which it’s appeared, it is, undeniably, a cool airplane.  What you may know about, but probably haven’t seen, is the Aircraft Purchase Agreement and the Aircraft Operating Agreement, both of which A5 buyers…
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EgyptAir 804: And the Search Goes On…

No news is no news.  As of this moment, there have been reports that one of the pingers on one of the recorders of EgyptAir 804 has been heard.  So far however, no aircraft. Even if the pingers have been heard, searchers still have to locate the recorders, which, reportedly, are located in water as deep as 10,000 feet.  Then they have to recover them.  The bottom line is that there’s still a lot to be accomplished before we, hopefully,…
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FAA/NTSB: Bravo NTSB! Bravo FAA!

Several years ago, at The Airline Symposium, I asked Peggy Gilligan, FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, who was on one of our panels,  “Why do the FAA and NTSB hate one another?” After the laughter in the room died down, Peggy said, quite correctly, that the premise of my question wasn’t accurate.  She said something to the effect (and I’m not quoting her) that the FAA was the regulator and the NTSB was the investigator, with no regulatory authority…
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