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Air Charter Broker Rules: What Law Governs?

The DOT published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to require air charter broker disclosures. That was back in 2013. Prior to this proposal, the NTSB began calling for such a regulation after the 2004 charter flight crash in Montrose, Colorado.  How is the DOT regulating “unfair and deceptive practices,” which

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FAA Pilot Record Database: The New PRIA

The FAA is deploying a new database of pilot information to replace the cumbersome PRIA request process. PRD will automate the PRIA process. Phase I of The Pilot Records Database (PRD) rolls out early this year. The remaining phases will deploy over the next few years. What does this mean

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Avoid Boilerplate Aircraft Purchase Agreements

The days of boilerplate aircraft purchase agreements are long over. (If they were ever here in the first place.) New regulations – whether from the FAA, IRS or from financial institutions – are continually added or change on a regular basis. Your first line of defense against unexpected difficulties at closing is

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The Questions You Need To Ask Before Financing An Aircraft

After careful consideration, you have found the jet that fits your business and lifestyle goals. Competitive terms and rock bottom interest rates have once again made aircraft financing an attractive option.  Before making the decision to engage in or forgo financing, consider the following questions and discuss them with a

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Part 135 AOG: Drug & Alcohol Testing for Mechanics

Welcome to the Bahamas! After landing, the PIC notices a damaged part which requires emergency maintenance. The 135 operator is now AOG in a foreign country. The foreign airport has a licensed A&P mechanic that is qualified to perform the work, but the mechanic is not in a Part 135

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NBAA BACE

Join 27,000 industry professionals for the most important three days of business aviation. Ranked as the sixth largest trade show in the United States, the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) will be held Nov. 1-3, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, bringing together current and prospective aircraft owners, manufacturers and customers

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Rest and Duty–The One Call Rule

“Hello.  This is your pilot speaking.”  A company needs to call its pilot on her off day. It’s no big deal you think. It’s just to run a schedule change by her, or better yet, to offer her additional training. Call anytime? Don’t dial just yet. With the one call rule, you have one chance to

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Rules and Obstacles

The last week of July, 2016 saw our attorneys attending Experimental Aircraft Association’s 64th AirVenture event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The event hosted approximately 563,000 attendees and brought together about 10,000 aircraft. AirVenture is where “new aviation technology and innovations are unveiled to the world,” said EAA Chairman, Jack Pelton. This year showcased

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Making a Drone Work For You

Last month, the FAA gave businesses and industries across the country the legal ability to integrate an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) into their operations. Over 500,000 UAS are registered with the FAA, and more registrations are processed each day. Drone Safety + Security Measures The new rules regulate operations and

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