Thursday, July 15, 2021

All Times are Eastern

Risk Management & Insurance for COVID Remediation in Aviation
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Ryan Waguespack - National Air Transportation Association
  • David Allen - David Allen Certified
  • Scott Ross - Global Aerospace Inc.

COVID 19 affected all aspects of life in 2020 and the Aviation Industry was no exception. This presentation will review how the industry is addressing the sanitation of airports and aircraft to best protect the public and rebuild their industry while working to reduce their risk. An update of the aviation industry since the start of COVID will be provided as well as the National Air Transportation Association recommendations for addressing social distancing and aircraft sanitation.

The aircraft cleaning industry will be explained and the changes that have come about due to COVID. The standard cleaning procedures will be reviewed as well as new concepts in cleaning and the effectiveness of each. The Risk Management options of contractual protections, insurance and risk avoidance will be considered. Insurance coverage and exclusions will be evaluated as to if applicable to the aircraft cleaners or those who hire them.

3D Printing in Aviation: Perspectives on Insurance, Manufacturing and Product Liability
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

  • Lisa Savitt - The Axelrod Firm, P.C.
  • Lauren Lacey Haertlein - General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
  • Lili Beneda-Rubenstein - AIG Aerospace
  • Mike Gordon - Piper Aircraft

Although many are familiar with the concept of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, and a number of aerospace companies have long been using additive manufacturing techniques, it is anticipated that new and expanded uses will have significant, disruptive impacts in the industry. The use of additive manufacturing raises a number of interesting and complex issues for the aviation industry: from regulators, to manufacturers, to insurers, to the legal community. This panel aims to inform, stimulate discussion, and engage the audience about the potential and pitfalls of additive manufacturing in aerospace.

How Social Media and Other Information May Impact Claims/Litigation
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Glenn Vallach - USAIG
  • Ken Laborde - Gieger, Laborde & Laperouse
  • Albert "Al" Grandoit - Brics & Wes L3C
In today’s technological age, social media plays an integral part in everyday life and has had a significant impact on claim investigations and litigation. Litigants are increasingly relying on social media to support or refute claims. In the aviation industry, social media has impacted how facts are documented and how information is circulated. Passengers and eyewitnesses involved in an aviation accident are now able to capture video footage and instantaneously publish content. As a result, insurance carriers and aircraft manufacturers are quickly turning to legal counsel to assist and manage their response to the incident. While social media has become a vital tool for attorneys, accessing private social media in a legal investigation raises several legal and ethical considerations. From an evidentiary standpoint, courts require attorneys to authenticate the data, establish its relevance, and overcome hearsay rules before it becomes admissible into evidence. From an ethical standpoint, several Federal Rules and ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct are at stake. In response, attorneys are utilizing private investigators for their expertise in collecting social media evidence. This presentation guides the audience through the legal parameters, ethical considerations, advantages and disadvantages of using social media in litigation. The panel will address the legal parameters to admit social media into evidence at trial, how private investigators obtain this evidence, and how it is ultimately used in the claims process. The panel will further discuss and assess the known and foreseeable risks of accessing private and public social media.

Aircraft Accident Investigation Techniques for Insurance Claims: Past, Present and Future
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

  • Matt Kenner - ESi

Since the first aircraft fatality in 1908, the techniques used by accident investigators have evolved and improved, continually becoming more complex. Dramatic technological changes in recent decades, driven by the sharp rise in computing technology, have expanded the amount of data that is available to investigators. With the proliferation of technologies such as GPS, ADS-B, engine monitors, and even cell phones, it is increasingly rare that no data exists regarding the moments leading up to an accident. Technologies such as laser scanning, drone-based photography and photogrammetry, and computed tomography (CT) allow for an unprecedented gathering of data after the accident.

In this session, case studies will be used to highlight how tasks such as on-scene documentation, performance analysis, and laboratory examination have changed, driven by new methods that yield valuable information by combining these data types. The potential influence of emerging technologies, like virtual reality, on future aircraft accident investigations will also be discussed.

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