Father's Day TFR »

To avoid those ubiquitous Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs), it should be sufficient to get a briefing from Flight Service and ask for all the pertinent TFRs for your route. How wrong you would be ... More

Violation! »

Everybody makes mistakes. But not every pilot makes a mistake that gets noticed by the FAA. If you do, does that mean your resume drops to the bottom of the stack at your dream airline? That all depends ... More

Traps For The Unwary: Business Flying And The "Compensation Or Hire" Rule »

In this age of fractional ownership, limited liability companies and shell companies to protect a private aircraft, pilots and aircraft owners and operators need to be extra careful about what kind of flying they do when passengers pay for some or all of the flight. More

Reviewing NTSB Appeals in 2002 »

If you screw up and you know it, you'll take your licks and move on. But what if you're right and the FAA is wrong? If you lose your case in front of an NTSB Administrative Law Judge, do you have any chance at all of winning an appeal? AVweb replaces rumor with fact and shows you the odds. More

Airspace Blunders »

Poor planning, high workloads, complexity and, surprisingly, technology lead reasons for airspace incursions. More

Fractional Ownership Liability »

Not since fourth grade have fractions played such a major role in our lives. As AVweb has reported, the fractional segment is the driving force in aviation these days. It has created jobs for pilots and crew and has buoyed production numbers for new aircraft, engines and major components. But, is there a dark side? AVweb's Phil Kolczynski and his colleague Valerie Dunbar Jones examine the legal in's and out's of fractional ownership. More

September 11 And Airline Protection/Victim Compensation Programs »

Far beyond the criminal and national security ramifications of the September 11 terrorist attacks are the legal liability issues. And, of course, Congress managed to further confuse matters when it passed a law providing relief to the airlines, including liability limitations. AVweb's Phil Kolczynski examines the current state of the law and what impact, if any, there may be on either the affected airlines or on plaintiffs. More

Recent Developments in Airline Disaster Law »

TWA 800, Swissair 111, EgyptAir 990: three international airline flights that crashed into the ocean after departing New York's JFK airport, killing all aboard. All three are (or soon will be) the focus of massive litigation by survivors of the crash victims. The rights of those survivors to recover damages from the airlines are limited by a veritable thicket of legal obstacles: the Warsaw Convention, the Death On The High Seas Act, the Foreign Sovereignty Immunities Act, various state and federal laws, and intercarrier agreements. The EA990 survivors face extraordinary legal challenges from a seemingly unimaginable "possible cause" now being investigated. AVweb's aviation law editor Phil Kolczynski reviews the relevant laws (including some major recent changes in those laws), and then looks at some of the unique legal issues that may bear on the litigation arising out of the EgyptAir crash. More

Aviation Product Liability »

Product liability lawsuits against general aviation manufacturers has often been blamed for bringing the industry to the verge of extinction. Certainly some recent jury awards seem to defy all logic and common sense. But that's largely the result of state product liability laws that implement a doctrine of "strict liability" for manufacturers and make no real distinction between aircraft (designed for use by highly-trained and licensed pilots) and ordinary consumer products like automobiles, refrigerators and children's toys. More

Enforcement Survival School, Part 3:
Tips On Protecting Your Certificate

With so many aviation regulations, so many ways to bend or break them and so many FAA inspectors looking over a pilot's shoulder, it could be just a matter of time before you yes, you are involved in an enforcement action. If and when you are, what can and should you do to try to protect your pilot's certificate? Most important, what must you avoid doing if you have any chance of making it through the FAA's enforcement process with any prayer of flying again? In the final installment of this three-part series, a former FAA inspector (Eric Jaderborg) and a practicing aviation attorney (AVweb's Phil Kolczynski) offer advanced tips on protecting your certificate, each from their own unique perspective. More