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Aviation Law and Aviation Dispute Resolution (LEGAL 22-1)

September 27, 2021 @ 8:00 am - September 30, 2021 @ 4:00 pm


Course Description

This course is designed to provide information on the legal risks inherent in aviation operations and an overview of the legal system as it relates to aviation safety. It provides understanding of the various legal processes relating to aviation and discusses ways to engage aviation authorities in a responsible and successful manner. The judicial process, current litigation trends, legal definitions, and procedures are also covered.

Our experienced aviation lawyers, as instructors, will encourage “preventative legal medicine” to avoid legal problems. Classes are not just lectures, but include interactive issue-spotting, so that students can get relevant legal advice from their organizations’ lawyers, if and when legal problems develop.

Aviation Law and Aviation Dispute Resolution is the successor to the previous Legal Aspects of Aviation Safety & Role of the Technical Witness in Litigation courses.


To provide the participant with a working knowledge of the legal process and trends affecting aviation safety.

Who Should Attend

Individuals in aviation safety who may be involved in aircraft accident investigation, incident investigation, civil litigation or internal aviation disputes.

Course Outline

  1. Aviation Accident & Incident Litigation
    1. The Litigation Process
      1. Civil Litigation
      2. How a Case is Structured
      3. Discovery, Deposition, Trial
    2. U.S. Legal System
      1. Federal and State Court Systems
      2. Venue and Choice of Law
    3. Investigations and Safety Audits
  2. Legal Aspects of Accident Investigation
    1. Jurisdictions of Federal Agencies
    2. Investigative Power vs. Private Rights
    3. NTSB Probable Cause Safety Investigations
    4. FAA Role
    5. Accident Reports and Litigation
    6. Witness Statements
    7. Legal Issues of Accident Response Planning
    8. Private Accident Investigations – Work Product Protection
    9. Accident Liability
    10. Comparative Fault
    11. Airline, Air Taxi, Corporate and G/A Accident Issues
    12. ICAO
  3. Pilot’s Duty of Care and Legal Aspects of Selected Safety Regulations
    1. Role of Governmental Agencies in Enforcing Aviation Safety Regulations
    2. FAA Enforcement Alternatives
      1. Administrative/Criminal Action
    3. Compliance with Safety Regulation
      1. Deviation and Non-Compliance
    4. Affirmative Defenses, Waivers and Mitigating Factors
    5. Aviation Standards of Care: FAR’s, Advisory Circulars
    6. Special Legal Doctrines Involving Aviation Safety
      1. Case Study – Analyzing Legal Issues
      2. Burden of Proof, negligence
      3. FAA’s Emergency Orders
      4. Accident/Incident Reports
  4. Product Liability and Safety
    1. Theories of Manufacturer Liability
    2. The Concept of Defectiveness
    3. Various Parties in the Chain of Custody
    4. Manufacturer’s Defenses
  5. Aviation Conflict Resolution
    1. Resolving Safety Conflicts
    2. Regulatory Disputes
    3. ASMS Requirements
    4. FAA Regulatory Standards
  6. The Role of the Aviation Professional as a Witness in Litigation
    1. Scope of Activity
    2. Ethical Considerations
    3. Role of the Aviation Consultant
  7. Consultant as a Technical Witness
    1. Getting Started
    2. Agreements with Law Firm (Client)
    3. Investigation
    4. Deposition/Trial Preparation
    5. Development of Communication Skills
  8. Deposition/Trial Demonstration and Practice
    1. Aviation Case Study
      1. Deposition Purpose and Goals
      2. Trial Testimony of Aviation Professionals

Course Duration: 4.0 Days

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Published on March 5th, 2021

Last updated on May 4th, 2021


September 27, 2021 @ 8:00 am
September 30, 2021 @ 4:00 pm


USC Aviation Safety and Security Program
6033 W. Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045 United States
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