The Cranfill Sumner Aviation Practice Group experienced “Aviation April” this year. We started off the month at the SMU Air Law Conference in Dallas, TX, where we were able to engage and discuss with aviation attorneys and claims representatives the ever-evolving case law, rules and regulations facing the industry. It was a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues in the aviation industry including the women attorneys of IAWA, as well as FAA and NTSB representatives. Mica Worthy even tried her hand at a virtual reality flight simulator!


The Aviation Practice Group was also invited to attend the Carolina Aviation Museum’s annual gala, which was a wonderful experience. The event was beautiful and the entertainment was stellar. The aircraft at the museum are also an incredible spectacle, including the airplane involved in the Miracle on the Hudson. It is also very inspiring to learn more about the museum’s commitment to engaging young people in STEM learning and the aviation industry.

Susan Hofer then flew her Mooney to Sun ‘n Fun in Florida for the airshows, seeing aircraft, meeting up with friends and colleagues, attending forums and, of course, sun and fun! The International Fly-in & Expo is a huge event every year for aviators, including pilots of certified and experimental aircraft and now, also, UAS (drones).

Mica Worthy also got behind the yoke of a Cessna 172 this month as she pursues flight lessons at Aerowood Aviation in Monroe, NC.

Finally, rounding out the end of the month, the Aviation Practice Group attended the AIA Annual Conference in Austin, TX to engage with colleagues and friends in the Aviation Insurance industry. Susan Hofer tried out the virtual reality simulator prepared by ESi and was given a 3D experience in animation for litigated aviation case. The speakers at the AIA conference were interesting and informative, but certainly the “show stopper” was the talk presented by Astronaut Mike Kelly. He was very inspiring. We also had an opportunity to explore Austin and experience the Austin City Limits venue with AIA’s band “Smooth Limits,” which provided the perfect excuse for cowboy hats, boots and western wear.

April was a month full of aviation activities for the Cranfill Sumner Aviation Practice Group, but it doesn’t stop there. Our attorneys continually participate in aviation conferences, airshows, and events throughout the year. We hope to see you at one of the next Aviation events!