Beaumont was the UK’s most prominent name in air law in his age, after starting as technical advisor to Imperial Airways in the mid-1920s. For many years his firm, Beaumont and Son, was one of the leading aviation practices in the world. He was also a founding editor of Shawcross and Beaumont on Air Law, which was first published in 1945 and remains the leading textbook to this day. The 2013 Beaumont lecture saw Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO, IATA consider how aviation has fascinated regulators and governments ever since the first commercial flight, nearly 100 years ago, and how it has motivated vital cooperation, with the industry continuously aiming to improve safety performance. In parallel, a unique web of onerous regulation and taxes has enveloped the industry and set it apart from all other global businesses. Tony questions whether, with a different approach by governments, could aviation have an even more positive impact on our world? 

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About the speaker:

Tony Tyler, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, IATA

Tony Tyler became the sixth person to lead the International Air Transport Association (IATA) when he took on the role of Director General and CEO from 1 July 2011. With over three decades of airline industry experience, Tyler is a strong advocate for a safe, secure, efficient and sustainable global air transport industry. Tyler is keen to engage all aviation stakeholders to achieve common goals. This is evident in two projects which IATA is championing—the development of an airport security Checkpoint of the Future and a New Distribution Capability standard that will modernize the way that travel products can be retailed. Tyler began his career at John Swire & Sons in Hong Kong in 1977. In 1978 he moved within the Swire Group to Cathay Pacific Airways, rising to the position of Chief Executive (2007 to 2011). Tyler graduated from Oxford University in Jurisprudence and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.  

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