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Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2002

Each year at AOPA Expo — our association's convention — we hold an insurance seminar and invite representatives of the leading general aviation insurers to respond to our members' questions. I moderate the seminar.

California Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2002

Dunsmuir closed despite pilot efforts Just when pilots believed that a long-running dispute over obstructions at Dunsmuir Municipal-Mott Airport was about to be resolved, the airport was closed. AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer Ken Pool said the December closure came as a surprise because airport advocates believed negotiations to remove dangerously tall trees were progressing in the right direction.

California Action

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2001

Court says San Jose curfew discriminates against GA AOPA's contention that the nighttime curfew at San Jose International Airport discriminates against general aviation operations has been validated by a federal district court. The court ruled in June that the curfew was unjustly discriminatory to GA aircraft.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2001

Praise for turbonormalizing I thoroughly enjoyed Steven W. Ells' "AOPA Bonanza Sweepstakes: Up, Up, and Away" (May Pilot) about turbonormalizing.

California Action

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2001

Residential subdivision approved despite Chico land use plan An airport land use plan that called for limiting residential development near Chico Municipal Airport was not enough to stop the Butte County Board of Supervisors from giving developers the green light to build 20 large homes about one-third of a mile from the end of Runway 13R. The board of supervisors voted in March to override the 1999 land use plan after attorneys for the developer provided the panel with the specific information it needed to legally override that plan.

Son of a Pioneer

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2001

Steve Pitcairn has preserved his father's airmail and Autogiro heritage Stephen Pitcairn died of cancer on March 29, 2008. He was 83.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2001

Anyone who has been involved in the buying or selling of a used aircraft has probably wrestled with this nagging legal problem: Who is responsible for defects discovered in the aircraft after it has been sold? There are some standard techniques that we have developed over the years to try to address this problem. They are usually very helpful, and they work most of the time, but, as we will see, imaginative lawyers may attempt to find ways around them.

California Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2001

Sale of Red Bluff Municipal land considered The FAA is considering a request by Red Bluff Municipal Airport to release a portion of airport property from federal obligations so that it may be sold to an airport tenant. If the airport land is released and the sale approved, the property would be used for a helicopter operation.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2001

In November in this column ("Pilot Counsel: Small Airports and the Law," November 2000 Pilot) I talked about a recent court decision because it gave us a real-life example of some principles of law that help protect airports. The case involved a dispute between a small private airport and its nearby landowners.

California Action

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2000

Livermore plans improvements, considers scheduled service Officials in Livermore are working to update Livermore Municipal Airport's master plan and would like to bring scheduled air carrier service to the field. The airport's master plan was last updated in 1975, and proposed changes would extend one of the field's parallel runways while creating a displaced threshold for the other.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2000

Have you heard your airport referred to as a "blight" on the area? Individuals opposed to a new airport in Orange County, California, are actually circulating glossy printed materials carrying the headline "The Blight Path" in an effort to stop conversion of a surplus military airfield into a new civil airport. Unfortunately, this is exactly how many residents of communities located near airports view our national system of general aviation airports.

California Action

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2000

Noise a growing issue for Palomar Aircraft noise is an increasingly troublesome issue for McClellan-Palomar Airport. Reacting to community pressure, county officials are considering imposing access restrictions, a curfew, and aircraft restrictions on the airport.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1999

A hot issue at recent flight in-structor certificate revalidation courses is the legal liability of the flight instructor. It seems that flight instructors are becoming more and more aware that they could be sued, not only for something that happens during the flight instruction period, but also for something that happens afterward — something that somebody could say was caused by faulty flight instruction given earlier.

California Action

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1999

AOPA Helps Pilots Oppose Lawsuit A developer has filed a lawsuit against the California Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) and the County of Napa after the ALUC determined that a proposed residential resort development was inconsistent with the Napa County Airport land-use plan. The developer had proposed building the residential project known as Stanly Ranch partially under the downwind leg to Runway 18.

California Action

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1999

Noise Complaints Prompt Changes at Van Nuys The Los Angeles Department of Airports has announced plans to begin soundproofing some homes around Van Nuys Airport. The homes to be affected include some of the 1,000 residences considered under federal and state noise regulations to have noise problems as a result of the airport.

California Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1999

Developer Interest Spurs Talk of Hawthorne Closure Some Hawthorne City Council members are talking about the possibility of closing the city's airport. Developers have suggested converting Hawthorne Municipal Airport (HHR) into a commercial retail site.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1999

Insurance is a tricky business for aircraft owners and pilots. Reading and understanding an aircraft insurance policy is not easy or pleasant.

AOPA Access

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1997

One of AOPA's premier member benefits is the team of dedicated pilots and instructors who interact one-on-one with members. Together, they own 11 aircraft and have more than 53,000 hours accumulated over 321 years in aviation.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1996

Earning mixed marks from the class Counsel representing the plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit filed against Mobil Oil Corporation (and subsequently settled) over alleged damage to engines from use of AV-1 synthetic oil has submitted an interim report to the court. Call it a grade card on how Mobil has been handling the multimillion-dollar settlement with owners of Continental-powered airplanes that used AV-1 for more than 150 hours.