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Hangar storage

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

One of the many benefits offered to participants in the AOPA Legal Services Plan is a one-time annual review and critique of certain aviation documents—in this case, a hangar lease agreement that a LSP participant has been asked to execute.

Pilot Counsel: Revisiting shared expenses

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

Two recent legal interpretations by the FAA’s chief counsel deal with the time-honored privilege of a private pilot—and a commercial and ATP pilot while exercising only private pilot privileges—to conduct a shared-expense flight.

Pilot Counsel: Aircraft ‘accidents’ and mishaps

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

The NTSB’s official definition of an aircraft accident is different from what is more frequently referred to colloquially as an aircraft accident.

Pilot Counsel: Don’t wait too long

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

It is time to remind readers about the FAA’s Aviation Safety Reporting Program—administered by NASA as the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS).

Pilot Counsel: An airspace incursion

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

This is a case in which the FAA ordered a 165-day suspension of a Cessna 172 pilot’s private certificate for an incursion into San Francisco’s Class B airspace.

Pilot Counsel: It was 1965...

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

My editors, otherwise great people, twisted my arm to write something about my long and happy relationship with AOPA Pilot magazine as being appropriate to this seventy-fifth anniversary of AOPA.

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.