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Our first cover article analyzes the competitive challenges facing large European airlines. Author Martin Coleman analyzes potential legal and regulatory responses to competition from the Gulf carriers, particularly with respect to issues of unfair subsidization and whether Etihad’s recent acquisition of ownership interests in European carriers are consistent with EU ownership and control rules.
Our second cover article provides an overview of state sales and use taxes and the key exemptions from such taxes, such as the “sale for resale” and “fly-away” exemptions. The article then focuses on how the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has recently adopted an aggressive new approach designed to maximize the state’s tax revenues from aircraft transactions.
Ronce Almond provides a timely analysis of aircraft defense identification zones (ADIZ), which are airspace zones that states restrict in the interest of national security. The United States was the first nation to establish an ADIZ, but more recently other nations have followed suit, the most notorious example being China’s establishment of an ADIZ over part of the East China Sea located more than 300 miles from Chinese territory.
While we have just completed two very successful events in Washington, D.C., planning has already begun for our next two events: the Space Law Conference to be held in Washington in June, and the Annual Conference, scheduled for Los Angeles in September. I am particularly excited about the Forum coming to LA, my home, and expect a great program.
This column provides a brief summary of each of the articles in this issue.
We interview Reggie Govan, Chief Counsel of the FAA. Reggie discusses his distinguished and diverse legal career, which has included serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, counsel to congressional committees, a civil rights litigator, and, most recently, Managing Associate General Counsel at Freddie Mac.