Archives: Aviation Law

Drone Law: Why All FAA Certificate Holders Should Be Aware of the NTSB Pirker Decision

by Russell A. Klingaman On November 18, 2014, in a unanimous decision, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that an unmanned aerial system (UAS) is an “aircraft” within the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) jurisdiction. Huerta v. Pirker, NTSB Order … Continue reading

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Settling With The FAA In Legal Enforcement Actions

by Gregory J. Reigel – Attorney At Law © 2015 All rights reserved. In past articles, I have discussed FAA legal enforcement actions in which the FAA has suspended or revoked a mechanic’s certificate or the certificate of an air … Continue reading

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Can You Buy Replacement Aircraft Data Plates On The Internet?

by Greg Reigel Attorney At Law The Internet can be a wonderful thing. From the convenience of your computer you can buy most things aviation. Whether you are looking for pilot supplies, aviation paraphernalia or even an aircraft, it is … Continue reading

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Questions Answered About the Role & Qualifications of Safety Pilots

by Greg Reigel Attorney At Law © February 2015. All rights reserved. If you are an instrument rated pilot, you know that you have to be “current” in order to legally exercise the privileges of the instrument rating as pilot … Continue reading

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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

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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

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