Aviation is extremely complex from both a regulatory and operational perspective and it is constantly changing. Interpretations of the regulations change as do the regulations themselves. Alan Armstrong follows changes in the aviation regulations and writes about them in Flightwatch, a blog/newsletter. He also provides commentary and analysis in the wake of aviation accidents and incidents.
The United States Court of Appeals, on Friday, November 18, 2022, affirmed the decision of the Federal Aviation Administration, that the ban on jet aircraft landing at Lantana Airport in Palm Beach County was a violation of FAA Sponsor Grant Assurance No.22 which...
THIS WILL BE EASY Yes, the words “this will be easy,” echoed in my brain as the word came that I would be flying to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in September 2022. After all, I had just performed in the Reading Airshow in June 2022, and Lancaster is only about...
An Airshow Pilot’s Vacation I had two airshow appearances back-to-back. The first airshow appearance was in Reading, Pennsylvania from June 3 – 5, 2022, and the second airshow appearance was at Greenwood Lake, New Jersey from June 10 – 12, 2022. I made the decision to...
On May 10, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rendered a decision in Pham v. NTSB and FAA, Case Nos. 21-1062 and 21-1083. The Court found the NTSB did not display sufficient deference to the FAA in imposing sanction. On May 20, 2022, Pham filed a Petition for Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc arguing the effect of the Court’s decision was to undermine the Pilot’s Bill of Rights. Congress, in passing the Pilots Bill of Rights, removed language from 49 USC Sec. 44709(d)(3) saying the NTSB was bound by the FAA’s policy guidance with respect to sanction.
The 2022 Wings Over Columbus Airshow was an event both ambitious in scope and excellent in execution. Not only were the performers of top caliber, but the airshow provided a vast array of aircraft on static display that were truly remarkable including a DC-3 manufactured in 1937, that in years past was operated by American Airlines and carried the moniker “Flagship Detroit.”
The case involves the jet ban at Lantana Airport which has been stricken as unlawful by the FAA on three occasions. Arguing a case before an appellate court requires a great deal of preparation.
Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines dispatched a letter seeking cooperation from the US Department of Justice in establishing a National No Fly List.
The backstory on this airshow is that the United States Navy had cancelled the airshow at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Several concerned citizens and business organizations took up the slack and decided to organize a private airshow.
Can a pilot be sanctioned for refusing a drug test when the technician administering it fails to follow the rules? On Monday, December 13, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear oral arguments in Pham v. National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.
In the sphere of administrative law that pertains to aviation litigation, due process is a commodity in very short supply. In fact, the notion of “administrative law” is an oxymoron because of the dearth of due process available in the administrative arena.