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Pilot Records Database
Kent S. Jackson | October 7, 2021

This is Going on Your Permanent Record The new Pilots Records Database (PRD) maintains employer and FAA records on your performance as a pilot for life. The PRD maintains your record until you reach 99 years old, or until the FAA receives a certified copy of a death certificate. How did we get here? This […]

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Federal Excise Tax Changes For Charter
Kent S. Jackson | March 11, 2021

Effective January 19, 2021, new tax regulations clarify how the charter industry should address the Commercial Aviation Federal Excise Tax (“FET”) with managed aircraft. The new regulations will give the charter industry a new sales tool:  charter flights for owners in their own aircraft will not be subject to FET.  This means that aircraft owners […]

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Will 2021 Change the Business Aviation Tax Code?
Kent S. Jackson | March 11, 2021

“No bucks, no Buck Rogers.”  This quote from The Right Stuff neatly sums up the interrelationship between business aviation and the tax code.  Many years ago, Bob Dole was a Senator from the airplane-building State of Kansas.  Senator Dole was a commanding presence in the Senate, particularly when it came to crafting the tax code […]

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Tail-End Ferry Fatigue – Get-Home-Itis Isn’t the Only Factor
Kent S. Jackson | March 11, 2021

In September, the NTSB published a Final Report with a very simple determination of probable cause: “The pilot’s loss of helicopter control as a result of fatigue during cruise flight at night.” The flight was a “tail-end ferry flight.” Unlike FAR Part 121 operations, charter operators under FAR Part 135 have no rest requirements for […]

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Pilot Records: This Goes in Your Permanent File!
Kent S. Jackson | October 8, 2020

Performance in simulated training can predict a pilot’s success.

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Sharing Aircraft Under Part 91
Kent S. Jackson | August 28, 2020

When Does “Sharing” Become Illegal Charter? The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 contains a section entitled “Report on Illegal Charter Flights.” The law includes several requirements to identify and combat illegal charter flights. The FAA has been revising inspector guidelines. They even sent a letter to every pilot on record about the new emphasis on […]

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