Jet Talk

Moonlighting Mechanics
Kent S. Jackson | September 15, 2008

If the mechanic is an independent contractor then the flight department might not be liable for any mistakes of the mechanic.  If the mechanic is an employee of the flight department, then the company is liable for any negligence of the mechanic.  Know the risks assumed when hiring a moonlighting mechanic. Click here to download […]

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Pre-Purchase Inspection
Kent S. Jackson | April 15, 2007

The FAA does not require a pre-purchase inspection, yet they are common and fraught with legal peril.  Sellers endeavor to avoid later accusations of fraud by insisting that buyers investigate the airworthiness themselves.   This practice merely shifts the fraud accusations to mechanics and repair stations. Click here to download full article.

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Warranty Woes
Kent S. Jackson | July 15, 2006

New airplane warranties are one of the justifications for buying a new aircraft rather than a used one. A recent case involving Raytheon’s “industry leading, five-year limited warranty” raised concerns about this presumption, because a court ruled, under Kansas law, that Raytheon’s warranty in fact is only enforceable within one year of the date of […]

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Cape Town, Aviareto and You
Kent S. Jackson | May 16, 2006

The Cape Town Treaty, signed and ratified by the United States and a handful of other countries, was created, essentially, to facilitate the financing and leasing of aircraft in Third World countries by making their repossession easier. A surprisingly broad group of aircraft and powerplants are affected. Companion to the treaty is the creation of […]

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When Is a Pilot Too Old to Fly?
Kent S. Jackson | April 15, 2006

The issue of aging pilots will be addressed in the next few years, but it won’t be determined solely by the FAA. Because so many people think that Bob Hoover won the legal fight to have his FAA medical certificate reinstated, some pilots wrongly believe there is legal precedent to protect them from losing their […]

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