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Emergency Landings

Posted on March 21, 2020 in Aviation

There are three main types of emergency landings: a “forced landing” (an immediate landing because the plane or helicopter cannot keep flying, such as with engine failure); a “precautionary landing” (the aircraft is still flyable but not advisable, such as worsening weather, getting lost, low fuel and engine trouble); and “ditching” (a forced or precautionary…

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Handling Emergency Situations in Flight

Posted on March 15, 2020 in Aviation

Non-normal and emergency situations can occur during a flight. The key to handling such a situation is for the pilot to know and follow the procedures from the airplane or helicopter manufacturer and contained in the FAA approved Airplane Flight Manual and/or Pilot’s Operating Handbook.

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The U.S. Supreme Court Closed to the Public

Posted on March 13, 2020 in Personal Injury

The President of the United States is expected to declare  a national emergency over the coronavirus. The World Health Organization has already announced that the COVID-19 outbreak is a global pandemic. The impact on the US Legal system has been immediate and severe. The U.S. Supreme Court will be closed to the public until further…

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COVID-19 – U.S. Supreme Court Closed

Posted on March 13, 2020 in Personal Injury

The President of the United States is expected to declare a national emergency over the coronavirus. The World Health Organization has already announced that the COVID-19 outbreak is a global pandemic. The impact on the US Legal system has been immediate and severe. The U.S. Supreme Court will be closed to the public until further…

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Airline Industry Hit Hard by COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on March 12, 2020 in Aviation

Airlines are being severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. An industry trade group for US Airlines has warned that the recent decision on travel restrictions would hit the U.S. airline industry extremely hard. Airlines in the US have forecasted the virus could threaten to wipe out between $63 billion and $113 billion in global airline…

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Arizona Supreme Court Preempts “Balance Billing” by Hospitals

Posted on March 11, 2020 in Personal Injury

The Arizona Supreme Court just delivered a very important decision concerning Hospitals and their rights to recover liens against patients who are suing for injuries caused by a third-party. In Ansley v. Banner Health, the Court looked at the question of whether Medicaid patients may sue to challenge Arizona statutes authorizing the recording of liens…

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Jet Crashes May Bring 737 Max 8 Safety Improvements

Posted on March 10, 2020 in Aviation

Boeing’s two 737 Max 8 jet crashes and the investigations that followed may change the aviation industry for the better. The October 29, 2018 Lion Air crash killing all 189 people on board and then 5 months later the crash in Ethiopia that claimed another 157 lives brought into focus how a small automated flight…

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G&K Attorneys Present at Sedona Conference

Posted on March 10, 2020 in Firm News

Shannon Clark, Bob Boatman, and Lincoln Combs presented on recent complex litigation issues, perspectives, and trial experiences at The Sedona Conference in February 2020.  The Sedona Conference is an opportunity for practitioners to move the law forward in a reasoned and just way. Shannon, Bob, and Lincoln led an engaging and interactive session with fellow…

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Can I Fly After Scuba Diving?

Posted on March 8, 2020 in Aviation

Airplane pilots and passengers who plan to fly after scuba diving should allow the body time to rid itself of excess nitrogen absorbed during the dive. The recommended wait times are 12 hours for flights below 8,000 feet for dives that did not require a controlled ascent and 24 hours if the flight will be…

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Coronavirus Raises Awareness of Airline Passenger Safety

Posted on March 5, 2020 in Aviation

With the spread of the Coronavirus, airlines are under scrutiny for more passenger safety. We may see more claims like the one made by a New Jersey woman who says she contracted tuberculosis on a 2018 flight from Nigeria because Ethiopian Airlines negligently seated a contagious passenger next to her and refused her request to…

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Kevin D. Neal Featured in Attorney at Law Magazine

Posted on March 4, 2020 in Aviation

Our own Kevin D. Neal is featured in a Q&A on Attorney at Law Magazine, in which he talks about his 30-year career, his motivations, and lessons he has learned as an attorney practicing in wrongful death and personal injury.  This article is full of insights for anyone who is interested in the practice of…

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Spatial Disorientation

Posted on February 25, 2020 in Aviation

Spatial Disorientation can be a killer. An extremely dangerous situation occurs when a pilot unintentionally flies from visual flight rules  (VFR) into instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). While these accidents represent a small number of the total crashes every year, they also represent a disproportionate percentage of the fatalities. Early indications are that the helicopter crash…

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Risk Assessment

Posted on February 18, 2020 in Aviation

General aviation pilots should regularly assess their recent flight experience, training, and pilot certification to develop personal minimums for wind, ceiling and visibility, and instrument approach minimums. For instance, a pilot should not attempt to takeoff or land when the wind speed and crosswind component exceed their capabilities.

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