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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

Conflicts between pilots and controllers in what should be routine air traffic situations tell us that this is a legal concern that pilots might appreciate reviewing. In several places in the flight rules of FAR Part 91, in several forms, there is the requirement to “establish two-way radio communications with ATC.” This requirement frequently applies prior to entering certain airspace, and makes these situations time-critical.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

Here is a recent federal court decision describing an accident that has real-life lessons for instrument-rated pilots. A Gulfstream III crashed during bad weather while attempting an ILS approach to William P.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, writing in 1928, gave us this farsighted warning: “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

The National Transportation Safety Board has just amended its rules to expand the number of aviation “incidents” that require notification to the NTSB. For the first time, the rules address the burgeoning “glass cockpit” displays and their offshoots.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

There is a subtle but important legal distinction between logging pilot-in-command time and acting as pilot in command. We now have an interpretation by the FAA Chief Counsel that seeks to explain this distinction in a fairly typical situation in which many of us could find ourselves.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

The title of FAR 61.113 is “Private Pilot Privileges and Limitations: Pilot in Command.” The title of the rule belies its scope and complexity. Many, many pilots safely conduct operations under this rule, operations that but for the rule would otherwise be considered commercial, with all the complexities that entails.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

There is a relatively little known federal law called the Equal Access To Justice Act (EAJA) that benefits, and should continue to benefit, aircraft owners and pilots. It was enacted in 1980 to help persons who fight the government to recover attorneys’ fees and other costs if the government was not justified in taking action against them in the first place.

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Article | Dec 08, 2009

From time to time, we need to focus on the less frequently cited regulations that could sneak up on us unexpectedly, and could be troublesome when they do. The credentials and aircraft documents that a pilot must have at hand before a typical private, noncommercial flight fall into this category.

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Article | Nov 02, 2009

Imagine that as you are flying along, you hear a loud bang from the tail section of your aircraft. The aircraft goes into an uncontrollable nosedive.

Pilot Counsel: Watch that altitude!

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

A 160-day suspension of a pilot’s certificate for being 500 to 600 feet off his ATC- assigned altitude? Pretty serious stuff. Yet that is exactly what happened in a case that prompts me to remind pilots of the possible consequences of an altitude deviation.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2009

Here is a case that again stresses the importance of not being too casual, but rather being extremely precise, in completing an application for an FAA medical certificate. Otherwise, the result could end your flying.

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Article | Aug 03, 2009

Under the Federal Aviation Act, the National Transportation Safety Board functions as a court of appeals for pilots when the FAA has suspended or revoked a pilot or medical certificate. In our increasingly complex airspace system and the more intensive regulation of our flying activities, no pilot is immune.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

Aviation attorney John S. Yodice flies a Cessna 310.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

John S. Yodice is an active pilot who flies a Cessna 310 based in Maryland.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

John S. Yodice has served as legal counsel to AOPA since 1963.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

John S. Yodice has served as legal counselor to AOPA since 1963.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

John S. Yodice has served as legal counselor to AOPA since 1963.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

John S. Yodice owns and flies a Cessna 310 from Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) in Maryland.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

John S. Yodice has served as legal counselor to AOPA since 1963.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

John S. Yodice pilots a Cessna 310 from Frederick, Maryland.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

John S. Yodice is the owner of a Cessna 310 and a Piper Cub.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

John S. Yodice owns and flies a Cessna 310 from Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK).

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

John S. Yodice is the legal counsel for AOPA.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

John S. Yodice and Associates serve as legal counselors to AOPA from offices in Washington, D.C., and Frederick, Maryland.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

John S. Yodice pilots his Cessna 310 in the Washington, D.C., area.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

AOPA’s General Counsel John S. Yodice began writing a column for AOPA Pilot in 1970.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

John S. Yodice is the owner of a Cessna 310 and a Piper Cub.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2008

We as pilots are bound by the laws governing our flying, not only the laws in the federal aviation regulations that are most familiar to us, but also the laws and interpretations declared in the decisions of the National Transportation Safety Board. Unfortunately for us, the laws declared by NTSB in the context of FAA enforcement cases are frequently skewed “to get the pilot.” As I have observed in past columns, “hard cases make bad law.” The board’s efforts to punish errant pilots sometimes result in laws and interpretations that don’t make sense, at least not to us as pilots.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

John S. Yodice is the general counsel for AOPA.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

John Yodice owns and flies a Cessna 310 and a Piper Cub. From the number of calls that I am getting, and the seriousness of the consequences, falsification of medical applications is a matter that deserves attention in this column.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

John S. Yodice is AOPA's legal counselor.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

AOPA's legal counselor, John S. Yodice is the owner of a Cessna 310 and a Piper Cub.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

John S. Yodice is AOPA's legal counselor.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2007

John S. Yodice owns a Cessna Turbo 310, which he flies for business and pleasure.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

AOPA's legal counselor John S. Yodice owns a Cessna 310, which he uses for business and pleasure.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2007

Commercial pilot John S. Yodice is a graduate of the George Washington School of Law.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

John S. Yodice, AOPA's legal counselor, has been a pilot for more than 40 years.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2007

John S. Yodice is the legal counselor to AOPA.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

John S. Yodice and his associates provide legal counsel to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

AOPA Legal Counselor John S. Yodice has been a pilot for more than 35 years and owns a Cessna 310.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

John S. Yodice and his associates provide legal counsel to the more than 400,000 members of AOPA.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

John S. Yodice is legal counsel for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

John S. Yodice is legal counsel for the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2006

John S. Yodice, legal counsel for AOPA and IAOPA, owns and flies a Cessna 310.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

John S. Yodice and his associates represent AOPA and its membership in aviation legal matters.