STRUCTURING AIRCRAFT FLIGHT DEPARTMENTS

Involved in structuring operations of aircraft (particularly turbine aircraft) to avoid pitfalls presented by FAA claims of illegal air taxi operations. Extensive experience in structuring time share, interchange, joint ownership and aircraft lease agreements.

You know, all things aviation are NOT the same as they are in the part of the world that never leaves the ground. So many people make the mistake of creating aircraft businesses without taking into account the FAA Regulations. If a company is deemed to be an illegal 135, an illegal air taxi operation, the penalty can be as high as $44,000.00 per flight. This will impact your bottom line. This could potentially put you out of business. So, the idea here is not to get on the internet and take the advice of someone holding himself out as an expert who doesn’t know the FAA from the FBI.

When talking about structuring a time share, you have to consider several things, i.e., who is paying the pilot, how is aircraft ownership structured, is the Time Share Agreement proper, etc. Definitely NOT like leasing a car.

Read Alan’s articles on Structuring Aircraft Flight Departments:

FAA Rescinds and Refuses to Extend Exemption of Collings Foundation to Operate Aircraft as Part of Living History Flights

The FAA in an Order issued March 25, 2020, rescinded and refused to extend the exemption for the Collings Foundation to operate former military aircraft that served in World War II as part of Living History Flights.  The FAA has a policy of permitting Living History...

FAA Announces New Enforcement Policy for Expired Airmen Medical Certificates

In an extraordinary act, the FAA has promulgated an enforcement policy notice declaring that it will not take enforcement action against airmen whose medical certificates expire from March 31, 2020 through June 30, 2020.  This policy will remain in force and effect...

Press Release: Washington DC, March 6, 2020

Today, the Tuscola Area Airport Authority, the Friends of Tuscola Airport Authority, Inc., and other concerned governmental entities and private citizens caused to be filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia the Initial Brief of...

Aerial Demonstrations and Dynamic Maneuvering

The airshow industry is constantly evolving as are the regulations and policies that inform and regulate airshow performers. On October 10, 2019, the FAA promulgated FAA Order N8900.526, Policy Updates for Issuing Certificate of Waiver or Authorization for An Aviation...

Interview on CNN about recent Boeing 737 max 8 crashes

On March 17 2019, Alan Armstrong, aviation attorney and pilot is interviewed by CNN journalist George Howell about the crashes of two Boeing 737 max 8 aircraft

Palm Beach County Jet Ban Struck Down for the Second Time by the FAA

On February 22, 2019, the FAA Director of Airport Compliance found that the jet ban implemented by Palm Beach County at Lantana Airport violated FAA Sponsor Grant Assurance No. 22 .

An Airman’s Manifesto and Petition

As certificated airmen, we hold these facts and conclusions that follow to be self-evident:

An airman’s certificate is a property or liberty interest that cannot be suspended or revoked without affording the airman due process of law including notice and an opportunity for a hearing. See, e.g., White v. Franklin, 637 F.Supp. 601, 610-611 (N.D. Miss. 1986) (“In the present case, plaintiff’s license qualifies as a protectable property interest. ***In the present case, the defendants’ actions totally foreclosed the plaintiff’s opportunity to pursue his career as a flight examiner…As such, the plaintiff possessed a liberty interest requiring a Fifth Amendment due process hearing prior to deprivation.”), Tamura v. Federal Aviation

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