Legal Aspects of Aviation Safety (LEGAL)

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.  The judicial process, current litigation trends, legal definitions and procedures will be covered.

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

Who Should Attend: Individuals in aviation safety who may be involved in aircraft accident investigation.

  • Dates
    14 – 15 Aug. 2017
    21 – 22 May 2018
    13 – 14 Aug. 2018

  • Course No.
    LEGAL 18-1
    LEGAL 18-2
    LEGAL 19-1

Course Outline

  1. Aviation Accident Litigation
    • Civil Litigation
    • How a Case Is Structured
    • Discovery
    • Deposition
    • Trial
    • Damages/Insurance factors
    • FAA/TSA/DOT Regulations
    • Sources of Law
    • Legal Terminology
  2. Legal Aspects of Accident Investigation
    • Jurisdiction of Federal Agencies
    • Investigative Power vs. Private Rights
    • NTSB Probable Cause Safety Investigations
    • FAA Role
    • Accident Reports and Litigation
    • Witness Statements
    • Legal Issues – Accident Response Planning
    • Private Accident Investigations – Work Product Protection
    • Accident Liability
    • Comparative Fault
    • Airline, air taxi, corporate and G/A accident issues
    • ICAO
  3. Pilot’s Duty of Care and Legal Aspects of Selected Safety Regulations
    • Role of Governmental Agencies in Enforcing Aviation Safety Regulations
    • FAA Enforcement Alternatives
      • Administrative/Criminal Action
    • Compliance with Safety Regulations
      • Deviation and Non-Compliance
    • Affirmative Defenses, Waivers and Mitigating Factors
    • Aviation Standards of Care: FAR’s, Advisory Circulars
    • Special Legal Doctrines Involving Aviation Safety
      • Case Study – Analyzing legal issues
      • Burden of Proof, negligence
      • FAA’s Emergency Orders
      • Accident/Incident Reports
  4. Product Liability
    • Strict Liability in Tort
    • Basic Elements
    • Persons Liable

Course Duration:  2.0 Days

Tuition: $1125 (July 2017 – June 2018)