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The Aviation Law Review has become a vital addition for the libraries of those with commercial, legal or academic interest in international aviation law; contributing a unique perspective on these subjects from experts in many countries around the world. In this edition there are several helpful contributions on the approach of different jurisdictions to aircraft registration. There are also highly insightful contributions from a number of new jurisdictions including Colombia, the Isle of Man, the Cayman Islands and Singapore further extending the reach of the Review.
This might be regarded as the year of the drone! Having been developed primarily for military purposes, it seems likely that its commercial uses will expand from aerial photography to aerial delivery courtesy of Amazon and beyond. Regulatory developments are continuing apace with these vehicles. Not all of which are aligned. It is to be hoped that an international body representing the needs of operators will be formed so as to avoid a patchwork of conflict in the regulatory arena.
There have been a number of significant decisions in different Courts around the world in the preceding year. In terms of airlines’ liability to passengers, there are two startling examples. In the case of Casey v. Pel Air in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Court held that PTSD is compensable under the Montreal Convention as bodily injury. Other jurisdictions will take note of the judicial view that PTSD is evidenced by physiological changes in the brain, opening the issue up for argument in every country where courts have hitherto found in favour of carriers.