Topic: Aviation and Aerospace

Aviation Insurance Association Annual Conference – Update

EAPD’s Mark Meyer and Brian Green are attending the Aviation Insurance Association’s Annual Conference in Vancouver, Canada.  The conference is well-attended and informative.  There were several interesting CIE sessions on Sunday, including a discussion of the criminalization of aviation accidents.  Our speaker explained that the trend is that in Europe and Latin America, investigations into accidents also often included criminal investigations, and sometimes indictments, of the pilots, flight controllers and others who were claimed to be involved in the accident. 

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UK: UCTA’S EXEMPTION TAKES FLIGHT – Trident Turboprop (Dublin) Ltd v First Flight Couriers Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 290

The Court of Appeal has held, in dismissing an appeal from summary judgment given in the Commercial Court, that lease agreements for aircraft can fall within the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977’s (“UCTA”) exemption for ‘international supply contracts’, even if the contract does not specifically provide for the aircraft to be transported to another country. 

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Aviation Repair Company Files Lawsuit to Recover for Alleged Total Loss of its Leased Plane Engines Due to Confiscation by the Mexican Government

An aviation repair company recently filed a lawsuit in federal court in Florida seeking recovery from its insurance broker and Lloyds of London for their alleged failure to cover a purported loss of plane engines leased to a Mexican airline that were confiscated by the Mexican government. 

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