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Monday, February 11, 2008

Calendar – Taking VLJ Cos Public, Accident Criminalization Meeting, NATA Town Meetings

Taking VLJ or Air Taxi Company Public
A Middle East conference will not only discuss how to take a VLJ or air taxi company public, it will also examine which air taxi model is best for serving the local market. Conference attendees will also learn how VLJs fit in with existing fleet and whether or not they will provide the standard of comfort required of the demanding market. Also on the agenda is how e-commerce can be harnessed to best effect as well as how aviation infrastructure will accommodate the new craft.
MIU Events, in association with Research 2.0 and the MEBAA (Middle East Business Aviation Association), will be staging the 2nd Annual Very Light Jets - Middle East Conference this March, in order to address these questions and to further debate some of the issues raised at the first event.
Conference is targeted at air taxi or business aviation operator in Dubai and the Gulf States and any business, institution, government agency, supplier, service provider or OEM with a stake in the future of business aviation and the VLJ in the Middle East.
For more information about the event and to register, visit www.miuevents.com/vlj-me-08 or email: admin@miuevents.com

NATA President to Hold West Coast Town Hall Meetings
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) scheduled a series of town meetings in California and Oregon for February 25-27 to discuss critical issues facing America's aviation businesses and airports. NATA President James Coyne will run the xx meetings with kick off in San Diego’s Lindbergh Field. Other venues include Bakersfield, Monterey and Portland.
The Town Hall meetings will be held at the following locations:

Monday, February 25, 2008
San Diego, CA
10:00 a.m. (PST)
Jimsair Aviation Services
Lindbergh Field
San Diego International Airport (SAN)
(619) 298-7704

Bakersfield, CA
3:00 p.m. (PST)
Lobby of the International Terminal
Meadows Field (KBFL)
(661) 393-1334

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monterey, CA
12:00 noon (PST)
Monterey Bay Aviation
Monterey Peninsula Airport (KMRY)
(831) 375-2359

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Portland, OR
12:00 noon (PST)
Flightcraft
Portland International Airport (PDX)
(800) 547-9307

FSF Sets Meeting on Accident Criminalization
Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) will hold a panel discussion about criminal prosecutions in the wake of aircraft accidents at the European Aviation Safety Seminar (EASS) March 10–12, 2008, in Bucharest, Romania. The seminar is co-presented with the European Regions Airline Association.
"We are very concerned about increasing attempts by prosecutors to turn accidents into crime scenes and to prosecute aviation professionals based on tragic mistakes, often using information and data that are provided voluntarily to improve aviation safety," said President and CEO William Voss. "The safety of the traveling public depends on encouraging a climate of openness and cooperation following accidents. Overzealous prosecutions threaten to dry up vital sources of information and jeopardize safety."
The EASS panel will be moderated by FSF General Counsel Kenneth Quinn, a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop and former chief counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration. Quinn has represented several aviation companies involved in grand jury investigations after accidents and served as counsel to SabreTech, which faced Federal criminal hazardous material charges and State of Florida murder and manslaughter charges in the wake of the ValuJet Flight 592 crash in May 1996.
On Oct. 18, 2006, the Foundation, England's Royal Aeronautical Society, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization in the Netherlands and the French Academie Nationale de L'Air et de L'Espace issued an unprecedented joint resolution denouncing the increasing tendency of law enforcement and judicial authorities to attempt to criminalize aviation accidents.
For more information or to register to attend the EASS, contact Namratha Apparao at Apparao@flightsafety.org
Panelists include:
• Sean Gates of Gates and Partners in the United Kingdom, who has been deeply involved in cases stemming from the midair collision of the GOL Airlines Boeing 737 and Embraer Legacy in Brazil in September 2006, and the Helios Airways 737 crash near Athens in August 2005. Both cases attempted criminal prosecutions.
• Daniel Soulez Larivière and Simon Foreman of the Paris-based firm Soulez Larivière & Associés, which is representing two former French civil aviation officials in the criminal prosecutions arising from the 1992 Air Inter Airbus A320 crash.
• Roderick Van Dam, director of legal services for Eurocontrol and a leading proponent of the "just culture" concept, in which front-line operators and others are not punished for actions, omissions or decisions that are commensurate with their experience and training, but does not tolerate gross negligence, willful violations or destructive acts.
Gerard Forlin, a barrister who has successfully defended against corporate manslaughter prosecutions in the United Kingdom, where Parliament recently passed the "Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act of 2007," which broadens the definition of corporate manslaughter and goes into effect in April 2008.
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