IALI hosts top FAA officials at policy discussion

Federal Aviation Administrator Michael P. Huerta and Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker visited the International Aviation Law Institute on Tuesday, September 22, and participated in a wide-ranging discussion of FAA regulatory policy moderated by Professor Brian F. Havel, the institute's director. 

Among the topics considered were the benefits and drawbacks of the FAA’s extensive rulemaking system, the agency’s expanding reliance on data collection and risk analysis, and the regulatory challenges posed by unmanned aircraft systems. 

The discussion also examined the FAA’s increasing use of voluntary initiatives and performance-based rules, the agency’s “staged” approach to regulatory issues, the conceptual problems presented by possible regulation of unmanned operations in low-altitude airspace, and the FAA reauthorization bill currently before congress. 

Institute Co-Director Professor Bruce L. Ottley, Adjunct Professor Steven M. Sandler, Research Fellow John Q. Mulligan, Executive Director Stephen B. Rudolph, and several current DePaul aviation law JD and LLM students attended the event.  Also present were the new dean of DePaul College of Law, Jennifer Rosato Perea, and her predecessor Professor Greg Mark.