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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.