Do you need help with leasing of aircraft or the purchase and sale of planes and helicopters? Who can assist with an air operator certificate (AOC) for commercial air traffic? What are the rules on claim adjustment in case of a plane crash? Do you need help with drone law and other matters related to drones (so-called UAS)?
Many legal issues can arise for an airline. If the company is transporting passengers or goods by plane or helicopter, an operating permit, a so-called air operator certificate (AOC), is required. The airline also needs an operative license (OL), regulating the right to perform commercial air traffic within the EU. For an airline, there are requirements that it has its own airworthiness organization, a CAMO or continuing airworthiness management organization. If the airline is training pilots for certificates or type rating, or training cabin crew, it needs to be an approved training organization (ATO). The airline needs a safety approval, and the aircraft it uses need to be EASA-approved.
In addition, the airline may want to perform specialised air operations such as aerial work with aircraft, for example aerial lifts, inspections, firefighting or photography/video photography. These activities are usually called utility flights. In operating an airline, many other legal questions might arise, for instance related to passenger rights (EU261), unruly passengers, staffing, tenancy law, corporate law, commercial contracts and collaboration agreements, for instance for ground handling.
ASTRA ADVOKATER has broad experience of the legal matters related to establishing and operating an airline, both rotor and fixed wing. We assist drone companies with matters related to permits under the GDPR or the Swedish Camera Surveillance Act (Kamerabevakningslag 2018:1200), as well as incident reporting regarding drone activity.
ASTRA ADVOKATER also assists airlines and passengers in claim adjustment matters – such as damage to property or personal injury – in Sweden and internationally. We assist pilots in criminal cases and regarding certificate issues. We assist victims in aviation-related criminal cases.
ASTRA ADVOKATER is a business law firm with broad competence and long-term relationships. Through long-term and close collaborations with our clients, we can provide competent advice for each specific situation.
Thanks to our international network, we can provide counselling in legal, procedural and practical matters, regardless of where an investigation is being performed.
The firm offers counselling regarding:
Purchase and sale of aircraft
Registering and deregistering aircraft
Employment and education matters
Contacts with authorities
Claim adjustment in plane crashes
Assistance or defence of pilots in aviation-related criminal actions
Commercial agreements in aviation
Traffic permits under air services agreements
Liability and insurance matters and disputes
How do I apply for a permit to fly a drone in the category specific? Is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or the Swedish Camera Surveillance Act applicable when I am flying a drone? What incidents do I need to report to the Swedish Transport Agency? When can I be guilty of a crime against the Aviation Act if I am flying a drone? What are the rules on claim adjustment in accidents with drones?
A drone operator can encounter many legal problems. The harmonised rules within the EU are relatively new and can be hard to understand. ASTRA ADVOKATER has long and broad experience of the rules and how they are to be applied.
We provide advice and counselling in drone-related matters, for instance regarding airspace, risk assessments, permits for dissemination of geographical data from Lantmäteriet and questions on processing of personal data under the Swedish Camera Surveillance Act or the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), where we can assist in drafting information and policies. We can also assist in applying for creating of a geographic UAS zone (a geo zone).
If incidents occur, we can provide assistance in questions on mandatory incident reporting to the Swedish Transport Agency or the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority and explain how this is to be done.
We assist drone operators in permit processes to fly in the category specific, either with a PDRA (a permit with pre-defined risk assessment), a SORA (specific operation risk assessment, which uses a specific method for risk analysis), or a LUC (light UAS operator certificate, which is the operating permit most similar to that in manned aviation). As regards LUC, we have experience of establishing safety management systems (SMS) and associated manuals. We also assist in the drafting of operating procedures and routines in an operations manual (OM).
We have a long operative background within aviation and are well-versed in the legal acts regulating all kinds of aviation, whether manned or unmanned – meaning that they apply to drones as well.
We can assist drone operators in claim adjustment matters – in case of property damage or injury to another person – in Sweden or internationally. We also help drone operators/pilots in criminal cases and certificate matters.
ASTRA ADVOKATER represents private parties and authorities that plan to fly drones or that already do so. We help you comply with the requirements that apply to drone operators.
Lastly, we assist with commercial contracts or project contracts for your drone operations.
The firm offers counselling regarding:
- Contacts with the Swedish Transport Agency and other authorities
- Permit processes
- Flying rules
- Incident reporting
- The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
- The Swedish Camera Surveillance Act
- Permits for dissemination of geographical data
- Air space-related questions
- Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC)
- Liability and insurance matters and disputes
- Claim adjustment for drone accidents