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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Here is a new wide-ranging FAA rule that will significantly affect all United States “N”-registered civil aircraft—essentially all of general aviation in this country. It becomes effective next month, on October 1, 2010.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

General aviation pilots can easily be confused about the concept of “night” as it relates to the rules requiring recent piloting experience, and as it relates to the flight rules governing VFR weather minimums. I must confess that sometimes I have been, and that I sometimes need a reminder.

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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.