- Posted by cunninghamswai
- On May 19, 2015
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Ever since man took to the skies, aviation laws have been in place to keep them safe while in flight. Aviation law serves to govern aircraft operations and maintenance of aviation facilities, and works to regulate what happens in the skies.
Aviation law is regulated through both federal and state governments, both of which enact statues to regulate air traffic through administrative agencies. Congress has the authority to put laws in place that pertain to air navigation in interstate and foreign commerce through the Air Commerce Act.
The Air Commerce Act was enacted in 1926, and provides the certification and registration of aircrafts in both foreign and domestic commerce. The Civil Aeronautics Act, which was put in place in 1938, created the Civil Aeronautics Authority, which amended the statute to include a five-member panel that had the power to regulate all aspects of aviation law within the United States’ jurisdiction. Now named the Civil Aeronautic Board, it serves as part of the Department of Commerce, who has taken control of a majority of the board’s power.
In 1958, the Federal Aviation Act was passed establishing the Federal Aviation Agency, FAA, and providing airline operators and passengers a governing body to ensure safety in the skies. Now, the FAA is responsible for regulating air traffic, airline operations, and maintenance of facilities both in the air and on the ground.
Over the years, the federal government has passed several acts to improve aircraft operations, including the Airport and Airway Development Act of 1970, and the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 that regulate aviation. The federal government enacts most aviation law and controls all interstate air transportation. This ensures that states cannot regulate rates, routes or services of any air carrier authorized under the Federal Aviation Act.
The FAA now looks out for all passengers, pilots, airlines and anyone in the skies to ensure safety and ease of travel for all airlines.