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Category Archives: Aviation Law

Unruly woman on American flight to Charlotte duct-taped to seat, hit with largest FAA fine

Hannah Smoot Tue, April 12, 2022 A woman who was duct-taped to her seat on an American Airlines flight to Charlotte in July has been fined $81,950 by the Federal Aviation Administration — the administration’s largest fine to date. The woman was flying from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charlotte on an overnight flight that landed in… Read More »

At least 2 dead in California plane crash that burned homes

JULIE WATSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS SANTEE, Calif. (AP) — A small plane crashed in a densely populated San Diego suburb Monday, killing at least two people, including a UPS driver. At least two others were injured. Witnesses described an elderly couple being rescued from one of two homes that were destroyed in Santee, a largely residential suburb… Read More »

Plane crashes in neighborhood near downtown Columbia

BY JESSICA HOLDMAN, JOSEPH CRANNY and JAMIE LOVGROVE, THE POST AND COURIER COLUMBIA — A small plane crashed into a home in the Rosewood neighborhood, near downtown, on a foggy Wednesday morning. The small, single-prop plane hit a residence at 2909 Kennedy St. about 10:30 a.m. Fire and rescue crews arrived and firefighters soon got the… Read More »

‘Strong recommendation’ but no rule requiring masks on planes

Associated Press The government’s top public health agency is raising the importance of wearing face masks on planes, trains and buses, although the Trump administration has resisted making masks mandatory for travelers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new interim guidelines for travelers, including a “strong recommendation” to wear face coverings to slow… Read More »

Airline pilots reported seeing ‘a guy in a jetpack’ flying 3,000 feet over Los Angeles

By Dona Madani and Andrew Blakstein, NBC News Two pilots on two different flights reported seeing a man in a jetpack thousands of feet in the air above Los Angeles on Sunday, prompting an investigation by authorities. An American Airlines pilot was approaching Los Angeles International Airport at around 6:30 p.m. when he called in… Read More »

FAA AC Outlines Limits on Web-based Flight-sharing

By Kerry Lynch The FAA last week released much-anticipated guidance outlining when flight-sharing is permissible but reinforcing policy that holding out to the general public through a website or app without an operator’s certificate is prohibited. That guidance comes at the behest of Congress, which had asked the FAA to clarify regulations governing expense-sharing flights…. Read More »


By Mike Collins, AOPA PILOT What does this mean if your aircraft is not equipped with ADS-B Out? And what if it is? Here’s what you need to know. Aircraft not equipped with ADS-B Out If you need to fly into ADS-B rule airspace and your aircraft is not equipped with ADS-B Out, for whatever reason,… Read More »


By Jaren Allen, AOPA PILOT Whether you’re looking to keep your third class medical or are one of the growing number of pilots thinking about leaving it behind to fly under sport pilot or BasicMed rules, it’s worth noting a recent FAA letter to AOPA that provides some helpful guidance about the medical certification process…. Read More »

A 17-year-old girl was arrested after allegedly stealing a $2 million plane and driving it into an airport building in California

By Bill Bostock, Business Insider A 17-year-old girl was arrested after police say she stole a private plane, drove it along a runway, then crashed it at a California airport. Security footage taken at Fresno Yosemite International Airport on Wednesday, and broadcast by local news station ABC30, shows the aircraft, a King Air 200 plane, veering… Read More »

Fifteen Shades of Grey Aircraft Charter

By John McGraw, Business Aviation Advisor Perhaps you’d like to offset some of the cost of your own flying by making your aircraft available for charter when you’re not using it. You have two ways to do so: you can secure your own FAA Part 135 charter certificate, or you can enroll your aircraft in a… Read More »