Air Law Section Meeting 

Oct. 30, 2019
Vancouver BC

Veuillez notez, cet événement ne sera disponible qu'en anglais.

Drone Technology For Helicopters And Beyond: The Legal Landscape
This meeting is being hosted by the Air Law Section.

Speaker(s): Robert F. Hedrick, Aviation Law Group PS
Time: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)
Location: Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, 2700-700 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Meal Cost: Optional - $ 20.00 (GST Incl.) -  Please Select at Registration
CPD Hours: 1.00
Robert F. Hedrick, Aviation Law Group PS will begin his presentation with a review of the drone technology that is being incorporated into helicopter load stabilization, and how civilian and military markets throughout the world are anxious to implement this technology to increase safety and save lives. This state-of-the-art technology involves connecting a drone type device to helicopter external loads to prevent swinging and spinning. There will also be a discussion of other potential tethered drone applications, such as for cable lines on high rise cranes, the gas and oil industry, and for firefighting

In addition, the presentation addresses the legal status of this technology, and whether FAA regulations apply (which are relied upon throughout the world via bilateral aviation manufacturing agreements). Future areas of potential regulation will be discussed, as well as issues in accident liability.

Speaker Bio
Robert F. Hedrick, Aviation Law Group PS is an attorney with Aviation Law Group PS in Seattle, Washington, where he handles U.S. and international aviation accidents, representing victims and their families. Robert’s cases range from large air carrier disasters to general aviation accidents. He has spent 30 years litigating and trying cases before U.S. juries. He has also defended FAA regulatory enforcement actions involving pilots, mechanics, and operators. In addition to a law degree, Robert has a B.S. in Aeronautics and an LL.M. from the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University. As an adjunct professor, Robert has taught Aviation Law at Seattle University School of Law for 20 years. Robert is a multi-engine rated commercial pilot, flight instructor, and is a certified airframe and power plant mechanic. He is admitted to practice law in federal and state courts throughout the U.S. west coast, including Washington, California, Alaska and Hawaii. Robert is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.

Accessibility & Inclusiveness
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We also welcome your suggestions for enhancing the inclusiveness of our activities.

Sections host webinars from Internet-capable venues where significant interest has been expressed by Section members in attending remotely. This Section meeting will be offered as a teleconference or webinar depending on the resources and technology available at the venue. 

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