It has been predicted that airline accident rates will grow in a corresponding ratio to the increasing number of airline passengers.
The NTSB, which operates independently of other government agencies, is primarily responsible for investigating aviation accidents and issuing safety recommendations based on its findings. While the NTSB has no direct regulatory or enforcement power with regard to aviation law, it does have significant power of influence on those who can effect change. In fact, approximately 80 percent of all NTSB safety recommendations are adopted by the FAA or other regulatory agencies.
Aviation law is becoming increasingly important, as the number of passengers and airplane flights grows larger. Human mistakes and mechanical difficulties are two of the most common causes of aviation accidents. Our expert aviation accident attorneys can help families and victims of aircraft accidents and help eliminate preventable disasters from occurring in the future.
Aviation law governs the operation of aircraft and the maintenance of aviation facilities. There are both federal and state governments that enact statutes and create administrative agencies to regulate air traffic.
Federal and state governments have created statutes and formed administration agencies to regulate air traffic. Aviation law governs the operations of aircraft as well as the maintenance of aviation facilities. Congress has the authority to enact laws that pertain to air navigation by using its constitutional authority to regulate interstate and foreign commerce.
In 1926, the Air Commerce Act was created to provide the certification and registration of aircraft employed in interstate or foreign commerce. In 1938, the Civil Aeronautics Act, which created the Civil Aeronautics Authority, amended the statute, a five-member panel with the power to regulate all aspects of aviation within federal jurisdiction. The five-member panel then became the Civil Aeronautics Board and most of its power was transferred to the Department of Commerce. The Federal Aviation Act was passed in 1958, establishing the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA).
Since then there have been several acts passed by the federal government, such as the Airport and Airway Development Act of 1970 and the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 that regulates aviation. Mainly, aviation law is federally based, and states are prohibited from regulating rates, routes or services of any air carrier authorized under the Federal Aviation Act to provide interstate air transportation.
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