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Aviation Law Firm

Aviation Law

We can help pilots with questions or issues that may arise and have successfully protected many pilots from FAA action against their license. It is a good idea to take precautions beforehand by joining AOPA’s legal services plan.

The AOPA will cover the majority of the cost to hire an aviation law attorney if you face an FAA enforcement action. You have no obligation to talk with the FAA and in many circumstances, it is best to discuss the matter with an attorney before the FAA.

Click for a list of 5 basic questions to ask an Aviation Lawyer BEFORE hiring them.

Purchase and Sale

Our local law firm has assisted in the sale of small experimental aircraft projects, to multi-million dollar jets. We are experienced and knowledgeable on ownership issues, sales tax and when it is best to take the title in a special entity.

Aircraft Partnerships or Clubs

Marlon Young is a Santa Rosa Attorney who has assisted many individuals and business owners in setting up partnerships and clubs to own and control their aircraft. His lifelong involvement in general aviation and ownership of several airplanes has exposed him to the unique issues that arise from co-ownership of aircraft

FAA Ramp Checks:

A recent AOPA article noted that regulators are conducting more ramp checks. As a pilot, you should be prepared to present your license, medical and aircraft registration to the inspector.  Inspectors rarely ask to see log books because you are not required to carry them and are only obligated to allow them to review them upon reasonable notice. They should not be provided during a ramp inspection.

You should never “surrender” your certificate, and you should decline any such suggestion by the FAA official. You can learn more about RAMP CHECKS from the AOPA.

Aircraft Accident, Versus an Incident:

Your aviation attorney can also help you understand the reporting regulations and requirements. We can tell you whether or not you need to report an accident that occurs. You should also review 49 CFR 830 if you are involved in an accident that involves injury or property damage. We encourage you to consult with an aviation lawyer for additional guidance before submitting any written report, and if you have the chance before calling the FAA.

NASA Safety Reporting Program:

The FAA is more lenient towards pilots that commit non-intentional violations if they participate in the reporting program. You must file a report within 10 days of the incident. If you have any questions, read the Immunity Policy and file an ASRA report. You should consult with an Aviation Law attorney before preparing the report.

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For more information, contact our own Santa Rosa Attorney Marlon Young who specializes in Aviation Law.