Aviation Industry Overcomes Obstacles


February 2024

By Air Law Section Chairs Darryl Pankratz & Mike Wagner

The aviation industry faced a challenging period with the pandemic, pilot shortages and more. Despite these obstacles, the industry persevered and remains optimistic for the future.

Last May, the Air Law Section hosted an informative meeting with Michael Dery of Alexander Holburn LLP on the increasing number of regulatory and consumer protection class actions against air carriers. Kent Wickens of the Transportation Safety Board shared an update on the TSB’s noteworthy investigations and its work to promote aviation safety. In November, Mark Tweedy, an experienced mediator, shared insights and helpful information on how to best serve clients in mediations involving aviation claims.

Later this year, the Section will welcome industry experts Kate Klassen and Shaun Foster of Alexander Holburn LLP to discuss the emerging drone industry and the challenges that growth brings to oversight and regulation. The Section is also planning for Alan Burnside of the Canadian Transportation Agency to discuss the Air Passenger Protection Regulations, including recent changes which are expected to come in to force early in 2024.