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Brad Tilden and Jack Potter will speak at ABA Forum on Air and Space Law conference

Brad Tilden and Jack Potter will speak at ABA Forum on Air and Space Law conference

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2014 — Brad Tilden, president and CEO of Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group, and John Potter, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, will speak about their roles in the aviation industry at an American Bar Association event on Feb. 21 in Washington. Tilden will give the opening keynote address at 8:10 a.m. and Potter will speak at 12:45 p.m. during a luncheon at the Forum on Air and Space Law Update Conference at the Ritz-Carlton.   

The update conference will focus on some of the latest issues in aviation law from the past year, including the creation of the world’s largest airline, a pending Supreme Court case involving preemption under the Airline Deregulation Act and historic SpaceX launches.

Forum on Air and Space Law Update Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Forum on Air and Space Law

Feb. 21

The Ritz-Carlton
1150 22nd St. NW
Washington,DC 20037

Program highlights include:

“Legislative Update” — Legislative leaders will examine future priorities including global competitiveness of the U.S. aviation industry, aviation workforce development, regulatory reform and aviation security.
Friday, Feb. 21, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

“The Convergence of Air and Space: Legal Issues Raised by the New Frontiers of Space” — This session will look at how new space opportunities have converged aviation and space laws. Panelists will discuss the regulatory and jurisdictional laws surrounding everything from satellite launches from reusable aviation platforms to satellite-based in-flight entertainment systems.
Friday, Feb. 21, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

“The State of Preemption in Aviation Law” — Panelists will discuss express preemption under the Airline Deregulation Act, which is being considered by the Supreme Court in the case of Northwest Inc. v. Ginsberg, which involves a contract for a frequent flyer program.
Friday, Feb. 21, 3:45 – 5 p.m.

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at

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