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:

Palm Beach requests stay on jet ban decision at Lantana Airport

On May 3, 2021, Palm Beach County (“PBC”) submitted a letter to the FAA Director of Airports requesting a stay of the FAA’s Final Agency Decision (“FAD”) requiring PBC to permit jets to operate at the Lantana Airport (KLNA). Three days after the FAA Final Agency Decision, PBC filed a Petition for Review with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

The Continuing Saga of Lantana Air Park

Captain Errol Forman (a retired Eastern Airlines pilot) has been engaged in a struggle with Palm Beach County for nearly five years to force Palm Beach County to lift its restriction on the operation of jet aircraft at the Palm Beach County Park commonly known as...

Palm Beach County Jet Ban at Lantana Air Park Struck Down by FAA, January 13, 2021

The complaining party was Captain Errol Forman who is represented by Alan Armstrong, Esq., of Atlanta, Georgia. The FAA Associate Administrator struck down as a violation of FAA Sponsor Grant Assurance 22, the “Jet Ban” at KLNA.  The FAA has not only stricken the jet...

Alan Armstrong argues Tuscola Area Airport Authority v. Dickson before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, Alan Armstrong argued Tuscola Area Airport Authority v. Dickson, Case Nos. 19-1153, 19-1258, before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

How Not To Purchase An Airplane – Reaping The Whirlwind For Negligence And Inattentiveness

In this article we will examine some of the mistakes I have seen made by pilots and aircraft owners over the years. Hopefully, you can learn from their mistakes and not duplicate them. The topics outlined below are not an exhaustive list of the problems my clients have encountered, but they will give you an appreciation for some of the pitfalls associated with the purchase of an aircraft.

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...

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