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Terrorism expert to discuss latest threats at ABA National Institute on Aviation Litigation


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Terrorism expert to discuss latest threats at ABA National Institute on Aviation Litigation

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2014 — In the post-9/11 world, issues of vital importance continue to appear on the radar of aviation lawyers. Brian M. Jenkins, a leading authority on terrorism and sophisticated crime and former member of the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security, will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming American Bar Association National Institute on Aviation Litigation on June 5 in New York. Jenkins will discuss the current terrorist threat to commercial aviation and provide a fundamental review of four decades of aviation security. Experts from across the country will discuss current developments, ethical issues and trends in aviation law.


National Institute on Aviation Litigation
Sponsored by ABA Center for Professional Development
and Section of Litigation

June 5

810 Seventh Ave.
New York, NY 10019-1518

Program highlights include:

“General Aviation Revitalization Act – Was Congress Right to Pass This Act?” — A panel will explore the federal 18-year statute of repose for civil actions against manufacturers of general aviation aircraft and component parts, including the increased litigation expense manufacturers now face, the effect GARA has had on aviation litigation, the potential impact on pricing of aviation products, as well as insurance coverage available (and unavailable) in the market today. Panelists will investigate whether GARA led to an industry resurgence, lower prices and an end to costly aviation litigation.

“Space/Suborbital Tourism: Legal, Regulatory, and Insurance Implications of Your Ticket to Ride” — Panelists will explore the many issues raised by the imminent launch of this new commercial industry. Subjects such as waivers and the effectiveness of informed consent, government regulation for suborbital and orbital flight, and how insurers are likely to respond to the hybrid aviation/space risks presented in a noncommoditized market/industry will all be discussed.

“Automation Addiction and Pilot Training” — Human error has been documented as the primary contributor to more than 70 percent of commercial airplane hull-loss accidents. Panelists will examine how incidents such as Asiana Airlines 214, Air France 447 and Colgan Air may have resulted from “automation addiction,” where pilots are reluctant and/or unable to “hand fly” their aircrafts, given the advances offered by glass cockpit avionics. How do we best approach the overreliance on automation in the interest of flight safety as well as the emerging receptiveness by some courts to acknowledge causes of action for aviation educational malpractice?

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or

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