Sunday, 28 September 2014

EASA permits use of PEDs throughout the flight

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced that it permits the use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs), such as laptops, palmtops, cell phones etc. on board the aircraft throughout the flight, provided that the aircraft have been certified as ‘PED tolerant’.

Monday, 22 September 2014

NASA Office of Inspector General publishes report on extension of ISS operations

Shortly after NASA’s awards to Boeing and SpaceX concerning the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) program, the NASA Office of Inspector General (IG) published an audit report on the extension of the ISS operations through 2024. The report assessed NASA’s (1) progress in certifying the Station’s structure and hardware for a longer lifespan, (2) cost and schedule estimates associated with the extension, (3) efforts to increase utilization of the Station for exploration and other scientific research (4) several of the contracts associated with the Station, including the Boeing ISS Vehicle Sustaining Engineering Contract (Boeing Contract).

Airline ancillary fees: CJEU rules on legality of baggage fees

The CJEU has delivered its judgment on the case C-487/12 on the legality of additional charges for checked and unchecked baggage under EU law. The Court found that such charges are permitted for checked baggage, but not allowed for hand luggage. 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Regulation (EC) No 261/2004: CJEU defines ‘arrival time’

The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) delivered today its judgment on the case C-452/13 Germanwings, in which it defines the notion of ‘arrival time’ in the framework of Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 on passenger rights as the time ‘at which at least one of the doors of the aircraft is opened, the assumption being that, at that moment, the passengers are permitted to leave the aircraft’.