July 12, 2013
By Talbot Martin
As one of the counselors working daily with members of the Legal Services Plan, I see certain patterns emerge. In addition to patterns, I see where law, policy, and flying skills meet safety. One of the most important patterns I have seen emerge relates to that old adage, “Aviate, navigate, communicate.” Your first duty is to fly the airplane, and that is codified in federal aviation regulation 91.3, “the pilot in command is directly responsible for … the operation of that aircraft.” This not only has legal ramifications, but safety ones as well.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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