Archives: Aviation Law

FAA Takes A More Sensible Approach To First-Time, Inadvertent TFR Violations

by Greg Reigel Attorney At Law © December 2014. All rights reserved. The FAA recently amended its enforcement guidelines for dealing with airmen who violate temporary flight restriction (TFR) airspace. In the past, when the FAA alleged that an airman … Continue reading

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Can You Barter For Aircraft Rental and Expenses? The FAA Says “Yes.”

by Greg Reigel © October, 2014 All rights reserved. As you may know, the FAA defines compensation very broadly. Compensation may include not only the exchange of money, but also the exchange of value. With this expansive view of compensation … Continue reading

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One Disqualifying Condition Is All It Takes To Be Denied A Medical Certificate

by Greg Reigel © July, 2014 All rights reserved. When you are dealing with a medical certification issue, it is important to “pick your battles carefully” based upon the facts and proper procedure. This situation was highlighted in a National … Continue reading

Posted in August/September 2014, Aviation Law, Columns, Columns, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Responding To An FAA Letter of Investigation

by Gregory J. Reigel © May, 2014 All rights reserved. When the FAA receives notice and evidence to show that a certificate holder (mechanic, repair station, air carrier, pilot, etc.) may have violated one or more of the Federal Aviation … Continue reading

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NTSB No Longer “Bound By” FAA’s Choice of Sanction

by Attorney Greg Reigel As you may be aware, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights mandated changes to the way FAA enforcement cases are handled by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). One of the significant changes to the conduct of … Continue reading

Posted in April/May 2014, Aviation Law, Columns, Columns | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Slander of Title: The Risk of Filing An Invalid Lien Against An Aircraft

by Attorney Greg Reigel An individual recently called and told me he wanted to file a mechanic’s lien against an aircraft. When I asked him what type of work he had performed, he indicated that he had performed some maintenance … Continue reading

Posted in Aviation Law, Columns, Columns, February/March 2014 | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

FAA Publishes Clarification Regarding Fuel Reimbursement Exemption For Charitable Medical Flights

by Greg Reigel On February 22, 2013, the FAA published a Policy Clarification on Charitable Medical Flights addressing the reimbursement of fuel expenses for pilots. As you may recall, 14 C.F.R. 61.113 prohibits a private pilot from acting as pilot-in-command … Continue reading

Posted in Aviation Law, Columns, Columns, December 2013/January 2014 | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Where Can An IA Perform An Inspection?

by Greg Reigel A mechanic, who holds an Inspection Authorization (IA) certificate, recently asked me this question. Since the FAA issues the certificate, and the certificate itself doesn’t contain any geographic limitations, the mechanic thought the answer to the question … Continue reading

Posted in Aviation Law, Columns, Columns, October/November 2013 | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

How Do You Know If You Are A Commercial Air Tour Operator?

by Greg Reigel The FAA Office of Chief Counsel addressed this issue in a recent “legal interpretation.” The interpretation responded to a request by an operator asking whether his operation “could be considered an air tour that would need to … Continue reading

Posted in Aug/Sept 2013, Aviation Law, Columns, Columns | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Is A Safety Pilot Acting As Second In Command? Not Necessarily!

by Greg Reigel If you are an instrument rated pilot, you know that you have to be “current” in order to legally exercise the privileges of an instrument rating as pilot-in-command. Specifically, in order to act as pilot-in-command of an … Continue reading

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