Pilot Wins, FAA Loses

GUEST EDITORIAL. With all the publicity we've given to recent cases in which the FAA prosecuted certificate actions against apparently-innocent airmen, it's refreshing to read this man-bites-dog tale in which an airman took on the FAA and actually won! In this case, the airman was well-known aviation iconoclast Darryl Phillips, and his career wasn't exactly at stake but an important issue was: whether FAA orders and regulations take precedence over public law as formulated by Congress, or vice-versa. The story of how Darryl singlehandedly prevailed over the FAA's bureaucratic absurdity (without a lawyer, by the way) makes fascinating reading and just might offer some valuable lessons about dealing with the feds.

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