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Pilot Counsel: Careful consideration

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

Last month I talked about a demand from the FAA for the reexamination of a pilot’s qualifications to hold his or her certificate or ratings.

Pilot Counsel: Reexamination

Pilot Magazine | Feb 12, 2014

One of the tools that the FAA uses in its enforcement efforts is a request to reexamine a pilot’s qualifications to hold his or her FAA certificate or ratings.

Pilot Counsel: Logging pilot-in-command time

Pilot Magazine | Jan 17, 2014

“Hangar-flying lawyers” enjoy wrestling with interesting legal problems.

Pilot Counsel: ATC instructions

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

A recent interpretation by the FAA’s chief counsel answers the question whether the rule requiring compliance with ATC instructions applies to a pilot flying under visual flight rules in Class E airspace.

Pilot Cousel: Running on empty (2)

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

Last month I reviewed the minimum fuel requirements for flight in VFR conditions. This month I am on to the IFR requirements, with some of its more important nuances and interpretations.

Pilot Counsel: Running on empty

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

The fuel requirement for flight in VFR conditions is an important rule that we don’t have much occasion to look at in detail.

Pilot Counsel: Ends of the spectrum

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

A recent legal interpretation by the FAA chief counsel gets into some complexity in dealing with the important regulatory difference between “private” and “commercial” operations.

Pilot Counsel: ASRS

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

It seems time again to remind pilots about the FAA’s Aviation Safety Reporting Program (ASRP), administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS).

Pilot Counsel: Safety pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

It is FAR 91.109(c) that specifically imposes the requirement that a safety pilot be on board an aircraft being operated in simulated instrument flight. This regulation is really a supplement to the see-and-avoid responsibility imposed by FAR 91.113(b). “When weather conditions permit, regardless of whether an operation is conducted under instrument flight rules or visual flight rules, vigilance shall be maintained by each person operating the aircraft so as to see and avoid other aircraft.”

Pilot Counsel: VFR weather minimums, Part II

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Last month we reviewed what I call the "standard" VFR weather minimums. This month we get to the more complicated but happily lower, less stringent, minimums that are available in some airspace for some particular operations.