IASL Webinar Series

The Institute of Air and Space Law cordially invites you to attend its new webinar series. This inaugural 2021-2022 series will examine “Law in a Rapidly Evolving Aviation Industry.”

The series is intended for a wide audience, including aviation professionals, lawyers, insolvency professionals, airline and leasing executives, regulatory authorities, academics, students, and anyone interested in commercial aviation. We thank Alicanto, the International Association of Aviation and Aerospace Education, for its support of the series. For more information on the webinar, please write to maria.manoli [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Maria Manoli), IASL Executive Director.

2021-2022 series: Law in a Rapidly Evolving Aviation Industry

Episode 2: Aviation Safety after the B737 MAX Case

5 November 2021, 10:00-noon (EST), on Zoom

Episode 2: Aviation Safety after the B737 MAX Case 5 November 2021, 10:00-noon (EST), on Zoom  The B737 MAX accidents, the ensuing congressional investigations and the consequent lawsuits have had a major impact on aircraft airworthiness certification and on aviation safety, not only in the US but also globally. The Webinar will examine and discuss the related issues, including the ways in which the B737 MAX Case may contribute to improve aviation safety in the future. The webinar will host presentations by

The B737 MAX accidents, the ensuing congressional investigations and the consequent lawsuits have had a major impact on aircraft airworthiness certification and on aviation safety, not only in the US but also globally. The Webinar will examine and discuss the related issues, including the ways in which the B737 MAX Case may contribute to improve aviation safety in the future. The webinar will host presentations by our two invited speakers, Dr John Maris and Mr Tommaso Sgobba, followed by comments from Mr Bryan DeCouto. Discussion and a Q&A session will conclude the webinar. Prof Ludwig Weber will moderate the panel and Ms Maria Manoli will open the session.

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Attendance is free of charge and registration is not required. Eligible for inclusion as 2 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) as self-reported by members of the Quebec Bar.

Invited speakers

John Maris, President, Cert Center Canada

Dr John Maris is the President of Cert Center Canada and its US affiliate Advanced Aerospace Solutions, NASA’s 2015 Agency-wide subcontractor of the year. Maris has Transport Canada, FAA, and UK Airline Transport Pilot licenses, with multiple type-ratings including the Boeing 747-200 “classic.” John is a Transport Canada test pilot delegate, and a practicing aeronautical engineer with a PhD in Aviation Safety and Human Factors. Maris is an Associate Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a Fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute and of the Royal Aeronautical Society (he currently chairs the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Montreal branch). Maris is an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate, a recipient of Canada’s oldest aeronautical prize, the Trans-Canada (McKee) trophy, and an inductee of the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame.

Tommaso Sgobba, Executive Director & Board Secretary, International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety

Tommaso Sgobba is Executive Director and Board Secretary of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS). Until 2013 Tommaso Sgobba was head of the Independent Safety Office at the European Space Agency (ESA), including human-rated systems, spacecraft re-entries, space debris, use of nuclear power sources, and planetary protection. He joined the European Space Agency in 1989, after 13 years in the aeronautical industry. Tommaso Sgobba holds an M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy). He received the NASA recognition for outstanding contribution to the International Space Station in 2004, the NASA Space Flight Awareness (SFA) Award in 2007, and the Henry L Taylor Founder’s Award of the AsHFA in 2019.

Commentator

Bryan DeCouto, Technical Officer, Certification & Oversight, ICAO Air Navigation Bureau, Operations section; ICAO secretary, Instrument Flight Procedures Panel

Bryan DeCouto is the Technical Officer, Certification and Oversight at ICAO within the Air Navigation Bureau (ANB) Operations section and is the ICAO secretary of the Instrument Flight Procedures Panel. Before joining ICAO permanently in September 2021, Bryan was seconded to ICAO ANB from January 2017 until March 2020 and during this time led the implementation of the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Oversight System (GASOS) programme as well as the ICAO runway safety programme. From March 2020 until recently, Bryan worked for the United Kingdom delegation to ICAO as a technical expert supporting the ICAO Air Navigation Commission work programme. Bryan was an airworthiness safety inspector for the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority for over 10 years, performing regulatory oversight, surveillance and certification activities of international air operators. Bryan is a licensed FAA Airframe & Powerplant maintenance engineer and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology as well as a Master’s in Aviation Safety from ENAC in Toulouse, France.

Moderator:

Prof Ludwig Weber, Senior Legal Adviser, ICAO; Adjunct Professor, McGill University.

From 1982 to 1995, Legal Counsel of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Geneva/Montreal, responsible for aviation and European law, competition and anti-trust law issues. From 1995 to 2004, Director of the Legal Bureau of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Montreal, responsible inter alia, for the modernization of the Warsaw Convention System on air carrier liability, resulting in the adoption of the Montreal Convention of 1999, and the development of the Capetown Convention and Protocol of 2001. From 2004 to 2017 Senior Civil Aviation Policy and Management Adviser to ICAO on a number of ICAO projects and programmes, including the establishment of the new International Registry for aircraft equipment, the Cooperative Aviation Security Programme – Asia-Pacific and other international projects. From 2017 to 2019, Senior Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates. Since 2019, Senior Legal Adviser to ICAO. Chairman of the Board, International Foundation for Aviation and Development; he has lectured and published widely and is a member of numerous professional associations.

Introductory remarks

Maria Manoli, Executive Director and Doctoral Candidate, IASL, McGill University

Ms Maria Manoli is the Executive Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law McGill University, where she is also completing her DCL (PhD). Her research focuses on space law, with emphasis on the emergence of private actors in the governance of outer space. Prior to her doctoral studies, she obtained a LL.M. in Air and Space Law from McGill University. She also holds a LL.M. in Public International Law and a LL.M. in Civil Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in Law. Maria has published and presented extensively in the field of space law and she has worked for several governmental and intergovernmental organizations, such as the Greek representation to ICAO and European Commission’s Single European Sky. She has often participated in international research projects in aviation and space law, and she has taught in the fields of public international law, aviation law, and space law. She is a lawyer with the Athens Bar Association of Greece. Maria is the 2021 IAWA scholarship recipient for McGill University.


Episode 1: An Airline Bankruptcy Case Study and Aircraft Lease Restructurings & Repossessions

2 October 2021, 10:00-noon (EST), on Zoom

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With the backdrop of COVID-19, this episode will address practical issues from both airline and lessor perspectives on an airline bankruptcy case study and restructurings & aircraft repossessions. Considering the effects of COVID-19 on the industry, airlines have faced an unprecedented situation, with lessors finding themselves largely unable to deploy their usual tools. Looking to the future, as the industry seeks to recover, what approaches should an airline take if it faces difficulty in meeting its contractual commitments? What can lessors expect in terms of repossession, whether on a voluntary or involuntary basis?

Our speakers have extensive and in-depth experience at a senior level from both sides of the table. The webinar will take the form of a discussion between our invited experts, Gautam Acharya and Donal Patrick Hanley, which will be followed by a Q&A session. Prof. Ram S Jakhu will open the session and Maria Manoli will moderate the discussion.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required. To register, please fill out the webform below by 28 September 2021. The zoom link to the webinar will be provided to interested attendees upon registration. Eligible for inclusion as 2 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) as self-reported by members of the Quebec Bar.

Participants

Mr Gautam Acharya, Vice President - Aircraft Leasing, Human Resources, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Jet Airways (India)

Gautam Acharya is an aviation/airline maven having specialized in commercial aviation for most of his adult life. He is qualified to practice law in India and the UK, after obtaining a master of laws degree specialized in air & space laws (Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill, 2005). His work experience spans three continents, having worked in Canada, the UK, Sweden, Hong Kong and India. For the last 13 years he has been with Jet Airways (India) Limited and has managed multiple portfolios ranging from aircraft leasing & contracts to regulatory affairs to law. Over the last 2+ years he has worked closely with the court appointed Administrator and has been pivotal to help Jet Airways successfully emerge from a corporate insolvency resolution process. His assiduous efforts are now in the direction of getting Jet Airways off the ground like the metaphorical phoenix.

Dr Donal Patrick Hanley, FRAeS, Adjunct Professor, IASL, McGill University

Dr Donal Patrick Hanley is an Adjunct Professor with the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University. He is also a non-executive director of several aircraft leasing and trading companies and an instructor in aircraft leasing and finance with the International Air Transport Association and others. He was previously managing director of the Irish operations of a large commercial aircraft leasing company and co-founded a commercial aircraft leasing company in Egypt. Qualified as a lawyer in Ireland, England and California, his career spans Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America in both international law firms and aircraft leasing companies. A Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, he has over thirty years of experience as an aircraft leasing and finance lawyer and has restructured leases and repossessed aircraft in many countries around the world during the course of his career as a practicing lawyer. His book on Aircraft Operating Leasing is the standard work on the law of aircraft operating leasing.

Dr Ram Jakhu, Associate Professor and Acting Director, IASL, McGill University (Introductory remarks)

Prof Ram Jakhu teaches and conducts research in international space law, law of space applications, law of space commercialization, space security, national regulation of space activities, and public international law. For over two decades, he has been providing consultation to several private and governmental entities and drafting national laws and regulations in various countries. Prof Ram Jakhu is the Project Director of the McGill Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS). He is also the Editor-in-Chief & Project Director of McGill Encyclopedia of International Space Law. He served as the first director of the Master of Space Studies Program of International Space University.

Ms. Maria Manoli, Executive Director and Doctoral Candidate, IASL, McGill University (Moderator)

Maria Manoli is the Executive Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law McGill University, where she is also completing her DCL (PhD). Her research focuses on space law, with emphasis on the emergence of private actors in the governance of outer space. Prior to her doctoral studies, she obtained a LL.M. in Air and Space Law from McGill University. She also holds a LL.M. in Public International Law and a LL.M. in Civil Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in Law. Maria has published and presented extensively in the field of space law and she has worked for several governmental and intergovernmental organizations. She has often participated in international research projects in aviation and space law, and she has taught in the fields of public international law, aviation law, and space law. She is a lawyer with the Athens Bar Association of Greece.

Register for Episode 1 (02/10/2021)

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