I’m a Safe Pilot – It Can’t Happen to Me
Most people have some sort of lawyer they can call – the attorney who produced their will, helped with the purchase of a house or with a minor legal dispute with a neighbor. But if your pilot certificate is involved, do you really want to entrust the matter to someone who, however competent he or she may be as a lawyer, doesn’t know IFR from TFR?
Picture yourself, having violated a TFR, for example, and about to face questioning. It’s no time to start Googling “aviation lawyer” on your iPad. Instead, join AOPA’s Legal Services Plan – for as low as $33 a year – and be prepared by programming its telephone number right into your cellphone. You’ll have a staff of expert aviation lawyers at the ready so you don’t make a bad situation worse by saying or doing the wrong thing.
Sure, the $33 per year plan is the bare bones plan for students and private pilots. Signing up for this basic plan, though, will put your mind at ease and you will know that you are prepared for any aviation-oriented legal situation you may encounter. And once you review all the available plans, you may want to upgrade to a more comprehensive one – but again, the Legal Services Plan is very affordable. For $99 a year for a student pilot or private pilot, you will be part of the Legal Services Plan PLUS.
You can literally save yourself thousands of dollars in legal fees (plus your pilot certificate plus peace of mind) when you are a member of AOPA’s Legal Services Plan. With more than 700 experienced aviation lawyers available, AOPA can help protect your right to fly.
Remember that you don’t have to be “in trouble” to take advantage of AOPA’s Legal Services Plan. The Plan provides help with hangar leases, airplane leasebacks, partnership agreements, aviation-oriented paperwork and documentation, tax matters and more. Call 1-800-872-2672 or visit www.aopa.org/lsp to sign up.
December 2, 2011