The author provides a comprehensive study of the relevant body of treaties, institutions and programmes with respect to international civil aviation – taking also into account the future needs of the aviation community – airports, carriers and passengers alike. Thereby, this study is not only intended as a compendium for aviation practitioners but also as a textbook for students dealing with this rather new and dynamic field of international law. All things considered, international air law, in all its facets, has relevance to our daily lives. It enables travel by air to almost any destination in a relatively easy, and above all, safe and efficient way.
Dick van het Kaar LL.M, has been working in the aviation industry for more than 40 years. He started his flying career as a Royal Netherlands Air Force helicopter and jet fighter pilot and instructor. In 1977, he joined the world of commercial aviation and has logged over 23,000 flying hours. During his career as a Senior Captain B747 at KLM/Martinair he studied international law at the Netherlands Open University, where he earned his degree of Masters of Laws. He was a member of the Appeal Council of the Dutch Airline Pilots Association and is the author of a variety of aviation law-related essays, books and articles in a number of international air and space law journals. Following a term of six years as a board member at the Royal Netherlands Aeronautical Association, he now holds the positions of Chairman of the Legal Committee and Senior Advisor on Rules of the Air, Airspace Infrastructure and Environmental Affairs within the same organization. In addition, he is an external examiner associated with the Aviation Academy of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.