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Introduction to the FAA Aviation Safety and Regulation


A Brief History

Regulation of civil aviation activities began with the Post Office
Department in 1918 with the establishment of regularly scheduled airmail service
between New York, Philadelphia and Washington. However, it was not until 1926
that the Air Commerce Act initiated a civil airway system with navigational aids.
This Act, very important in the development of US civil aviation, stipulated that
airplanes and pilots were to be registered, examined and certificated.

The Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 established three agencies, requested by
the airlines, to regulate air safety and economics. These were:

* Civil Aeronautics Authority to legislate safety and economics.
* Administrator of Aviation to implement safety regulations
* Air Safety Board to investigate accidents.

In 1940, the Civil Aeronautics Act was amended, because of duplication in the
above three agencies. This amendment established the Civil Aeronautics
Administration (CAA) to be responsible for all safety regulations and the Civil
Aeronautics Board (CAB) to be responsible for all economic regulations and
accident investigations. The CAA was charged with generating and maintaining
Civil Air Regulations (CARs) governing every aspect of civil aviation from the
design and manufacture of the aircraft to its operation. However, a separate
agency, the Civil Aeronautics Agency was established to enforce the CARs.

In 1958, the Federal Aviation Act was enacted which established the
Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), a separate government agency reporting directly
to Congress and the President. Its functions were similar to those of the CAA
with the designation of the CARs changed to Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs).
Many of the CARs became FARs with minor changes. For example, FAR Part 23
which contains the criteria for the design of small airplanes was formally CAR 3,
to be found in the Civil Aviation Manual 3 (CAM 3). Airplanes originally certified
under CAR Part 3 continued to be manufactured after 1958 under the
requirements of that regulation rather than FAR Part 23. The CAB was left
essentially unchanged by the Act of 1958.

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson created a twelfth cabinet department,
the Department of Transportation and the FAA was placed under this
Department. At the same time, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
was established and given the responsibility for accident investigations (for all
modes of transportation). The responsibilities of the CAB were redefined to
include only economics of civil air transportation including route structure, fares,
subsidies, mergers, accounting and statistical analyses.

In 1978, Congress passed the Airline Deregulation Act which was
implemented gradually over the next seven years resulting in the demise of the
CAB in 1985.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was formed in 1947
after it was ratified by 26 countries. By 1975, it had grown to a membership of
131 nations. ICAO is divided into an Assembly, a Secretariat, and a Council. The
council is the governing body and has been effective in establishing standardized
procedures and practices in air transportation activities. These standards cover
such areas as licensing, flight rules, airworthiness standards, navigational charts,
meteorological data, radio communications, and airport design and facilities.
More recent items added to ICAO's standards are in the areas of aircraft noise and
security. A recent action of the ICAO in amending Annex 6 on the Operation of
Aircraft will require all commercial transports and general aviation aircraft over
12,500 lb, or those carrying more than nine passengers, to have a ground
proximity warning system starting January 1, 1999. The current rule requires
only transports having a gross weight of more than 33,000 lb to have GPWS - and
only if they were brought into service after July 11, 1979.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

The Federal Aviation Administration, with headquarters in Washington, DC,
is the federal agency which regulates nearly all phases of aviation ranging from
the design and manufacture of aircraft to their operation. To put it another way,
the FAA licenses aircraft and pilots and controls the operation of the aircraft by
the pilots. Aviation activities which come under the responsibilities of the FAA

* Air traffic control system including:
* Installation and maintenance of voice and
navigational radio systems
* Operation of flight service stations
* Operation of Radar facilities
* Operation of airport control towers
* Issuing of pilot medical certificates
* Licensing of pilots
* Gathering, analysis and documenting of statistical data
relating to airplane operations.
* Establishment of standards (FARs) to which aircraft must
be built.
* Regulation of the FARs to assure that an aircraft
complies with the applicable standards.
* Monitoring all aspects of aviation safety and issuing
communications and regulations as needed to assure
safety. The FAA can ground an airplane or a pilot if
either is deemed unsafe.
* Research and Development relating to all of the above.
* Airport construction, operation and security
* Certification of any domestic air carrier or operation
within the US.
* Foreign carriers operating US Registered aircraft

Although accident investigations are not a responsibility of the FAA, the
NTSB to provide expertise in analyzing air crashes frequently calls upon it.

The FAA conducts major operations in Washington, DC, Oklahoma City, OK,
and Atlantic City, NJ. All of the FAA's activities are overseen in their
headquarters in Washington while activities relating to medical aspects of
aviation are to be found in Oklahoma. The FAA's Technical Center, located along
side of the airport which serves Atlantic City, conducts, and contracts for,
research relating to the operation of aircraft. Many other FAA facilities and
offices exist to serve various regions of the US.

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Attorney Brent Coon’s Response to Sen. Hancock’s Dangerous Harvey Misinformation Campaign

August 31, 2017, 1:14 pm

Shame on Senator Kelly Hancock for sending out a self-serving communication from his office this week stating that the law regarding the new hurricane and flood insurance laws WILL NOT change the claims process. It WILL change the process, and to the detriment of policy holders.   Why is he saying that?

Asbestos supervisor sues Motiva after fire erupts, Brent Coon handling case

August 20, 2017, 11:44 pm

An asbestos supervisor is suing Motiva Enterprises for injuries he suffered after a fire erupted.

Through Beaumont attorney Brent Coon, Joshual McElroy filed his suit Aug. 8 in Jefferson County District Court. Greg Lucchesi is also named as a defendant.

Brent Coon Named Litigator of the Week By Texas Lawyer

August 10, 2017, 12:51 pm

Brent Coon & Associates is proud to announce that BCA founder Brent Coon has been honored as Litigator of the Week by Texas Lawyer. This latest award for Mr. Coon comes on the heels of a $7,000,000 verdict against the Houston Independent School District (HISD).


June 11, 2017, 3:21 pm

Jury hits HISD with over $7,000,000.00 in damages on one suit, and denies any recovery to HISD as a Plaintiff in their own $13 Million dollar lawsuit.  

A unanimous Houston jury told HISD they were wrong to breach five construction contracts with a local building contractor Friday evening after a full day of deliberations. In the same 38 page verdict, the jury also told HISD that their countersuit against the contractor, Fort Bend Mechanical, along with their bonding agent, Hanover Insurance, and yet a third defendant HISD sued for defective field testing of foundations had ZERO merit and awarded no damages against any of the three defendants and awarded zero legal costs to HISD.  Fort Bend Mechanical had sought almost $9 Million in damages at trial for what they alleged were multiple and repeated contract violations over the course of six construction jobs with the school district emanating from the 2007 School Bond, which had provided for almost a billion dollars in renovations to over 100 HISD campuses.  The jury of 7 women and 5 men agreed with most of the complaints asserted by Fort Bend Mechanical, and awarded damages and legal fees in excess of $7 million dollars in their verdict, which came in early Friday evening in the 151st Harris County District Court before Judge Michael Engelhart.

4 New Lawsuits Filed Over the Waco Biker Shooting

May 8, 2017, 11:56 pm

What does Patch Adams have to do with the Waco Biker shooting?

A lot.  The overzealous Waco Police Department clearly stumbled and bumbled through the debacle of the Waco motorcycle tragedy of May 2015 at the Twin Peaks restaurant in what is likely the worst police operation initiated by law enforcement in the history of Texas, including the fiasco of the Branch Davidian storming that killed dozens of innocent women and children outside of Waco over 20 years ago (which resulted in far more civilian casualties than the recent gas attacks by Assad of Syria).  James Harris, a college student in Austin and a devout motorcycle rider, was one of the 200 motorcycle club members from the region taking a relaxing ride to Waco on the morning of Sunday, May 17, 2015, to hear what was going on legislatively in the motorcycling community through a briefing sponsored by the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents.

Father of Worker Killed at PCA Plant Explosion Files Multimillion Dollar Suit.

May 2, 2017, 10:02 am

The father of one of the three workers killed in a packaging facility explosion two months ago has now filed suit in Houston.  He explains his feelings and relationship with his son, facts known about the incident to date, and what he hopes to achieve with the lawsuit.  His attorney, Brent Coon of Houston, elaborates on the incident and expresses concern for the possible closing of the CSB, which is charged with investigating fatal chemical explosions across America, something that could significantly change industrial facility operations and increase safety and health risk factors. More details are below, and the office can be contacted for further information on this breaking story

Houston Police Department caught red-handed illegally engaging in a home invasion and covering it up by destroying security system: Damages Suit filed by Law Firm for Homeowner

March 3, 2017, 9:34 am

In one of the most egregious examples of police excess and violation of law perpetrated by HPD in recent times, two separate security systems from two different homeowners caught an HPD police officer and another uniformed officer illegally break into a Harris County home, destroy their surveillance system, illegally search the home with no one there, illegally go through their mail, and leave the home with the door open before the homeowners arrived back to their residence.

Jury Awards War Hero Over 1 Million Dollars

November 9, 2016, 3:22 pm

Today a jury verdict was returned regarding a lawsuit filed against Woven Metal Products, Inc. on behalf of Jacob Matthew Cadriel, who was killed on the job by a co-worker, Steven Damien Young.  This tragic incident took place on April 1, 2015. On that date and on Woven Metal Products, Inc.’s workplace premises, co-worker Steven Damien Young reached into his waistband, pulled out a 38-caliber handgun and shot and killed Jacob.  Young was arrested and charged with murder, and is now serving a 45 year sentence.

Deepwater Horizon Film Puts Spotlight on Disaster

October 3, 2016, 5:11 pm

The motion picture depicting the 2010 Gulf oil spill hits theaters nationwide this weekend.  So what, if anything, has changed since the Deepwater Horizon blast killed 11 oil rig workers?

Attorney Brent Coon represented one of the workers who escaped the rig; he hopes the film brings more attention to what really happened and how little regulation there is in the drilling industry still today.

Used cars with recalls being sold with 'no open recalls'

August 17, 2016, 8:49 am

Buying a used car instead of a new one almost always makes good economic sense, unless you end up in Ann Nogast's old 2011 Honda Pilot.

"Because it's going to be some innocent family that ends up the next possible fatality," Nogast said.

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FELA 411
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Texas City Explosion
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BCA Mortgage Fraud
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GM Recall Lawsuits
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Cell Phone Cancer Lawsuits
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Porter Ranch Gas Leak Lawsuits
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BCA Business Services
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BCA Alternative Dispute Resolution
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National Attorney Network
This website is a service for our referring counsel designed to assist in the client retaining process.

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Flight Attorney
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Auto Rollover
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Chamber Sentry
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Remember the 15
Join BCA as we push a landmark bill through the Texas House & Senate.

My Safety Rights
A website created and dedicated to helping protect women's safety rights.
Legal Rights resources for those who have suffered from dangerous pharmaceutical drugs including Xarelto Lawsuits .

Crane Failures
Looking at the reasons behind the recent surge in Crane accidents including news stories, statistics and commentary from industry experts.

Pillot Building
A website dedicated to the historic Pillot Building located in the heart of downtown Houston. Its sophisticated design and ambiance makes it the perfect place to host meetings, fundraisers and celebrations.

Top Maritime Lawyers
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BCA's Biking community website. Find legal resources related to motorcycle enthusiasts.

IVC Filter Lawsuits
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