Seminar in Aviation Law

Course No. 932-81

Spring 2015

Professor Perritt

Room 583


4 PM - 5:50 PM

Students and topics

Tyler Forni: Severe Turbulence: The International Trade Battle Between the United States and the European Union on Providing Subsidies to Boeing and Airbus

Chris Livas: The Aftermath of Tragedy: Regulation of Human Factors in Aviation

Jeff Price: Breaking the Mold (screenplay: starting a drone business)

Michael Spanel: Liability and Allocation of Liability in Drone Accidents

David Suh: Circumventing Airline Price Discrimination

Form of papers

Students may write their seminar papers either in traditional law-review analytical format or, with the instructor's permission, in the form of a narrative, such as a short novel, a screenplay, or a script for a stage play. Papers in narrative format must contain significant legal analyis. The instructor will consult with student-authors on how to accomplish this without disrupting the flow of the narrative.


First day,.

2 Feb: Price; principles of storytelling; suggestions on plot and characterization

Principles of storytelling

9 Feb: Forni: concepts of tax incentives; WTO prohibitions on subsidies; when one becomes the other

16 Feb: Livas: the Colgan crash report; the Air France crash report; the FAA's response re training, and minimum hours of experience to be hired as a pilot

23 Feb: Brief status report; adjourn by 4:15

NAAG video is at:

Novel on drones: Jamie Freveletti, Robert Ludlum's The Geneva Strategy (2015), ISBN 978-1-4555-7758-3

2 Mar: Spanel: application of general principles of joint liability and contribution; Price: new episode

9 Mar: Suh: concepts of price discrimination; arbitrage; the legal issues in the controversy over; Price: new episode

16 Mar: No class; Spring Break

23 Mar: Lewicki: explanation of the key restrictions on drone operations; justifications; differences among military, law-enforcement, and civilian operations; Price: new episode

30 Mar: Forni; Price: new episode

6 Apr: Livas; Price: new episode

13 Apr: Spanel; ; Price: new episode

20 Apr: Suh; ; Price: new episode

27 Apr: Lewicki; Price: climax and conclusion

1 May (constructive Monday): course evaluation questions distributed

Presentation guidelines

Possible topics

  1. Liability of Department of Defense for negligent testing of biofuels for their effects on turbine engines
  2. Professional responsibility issues in aiding commercial drone operators to fly in violation of FAA's ban
  3. Professional responsibility issues in being cheerleaders rather than naysayers for aviation client innovations
  4. Commerce Clause limitations on FAA drone restrictions
  5. Evaluate FAA argument that it lacks authority to exempt drone operations from pilot certificate requirements
  6. Develop arguments for judicial review of enforcement action against microdrone ENG operations
  7. Regulatory process: rulemaking (Pirker case)
  8. Regulatory process: enforcement (Equusearch case)
  9. Wright Brothers patent pool
  10. Federalism and drone regulation
  11. Drones and privacy
  12. Law-abiding out of the box: regulatory approach for microdrones
  13. Privatization of ATC towers, flight service stations
  14. Liability of helicopter-contractor/client TV station
  15. Link and download encryption
  16. Public flight paths - Flight Aware
  17. Following someone around in a public place: privacy invasion?
  18. Altitudes at which overflight becomes a trespass


Movo Aviation Congressional statement

HHP articles

Reining in the Renegades

Ready for the microdrone races

Seeking law-abiding drones

Leashing drones

Law and order in the skies

But who's going to fly them

Drone dread

Is there a drone in your future?

Movo Aviation petition for rulemaking


Supporting memorandum

Colin Hinkle petition for exemption

Basic petition

Public interest supplement

FAA grant of Clayco petition