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July 12, 2016

What Can You Do Inside Your Aircraft Hangar?

If you own or lease an aircraft hangar on a private airport, that airport may have some restrictions or limitations on what you can do inside your hangar. Other private airports do not have any restrictions on hangar use. It just depends upon the airport.

However, if you own or lease an aircraft hangar on a public airport that receives federal grants under the Airport Improvement Program ("AIP"), then you are definitely subject to restrictions upon how you can use your hangar. The FAA recently clarified its guidance on what an aircraft hangar owner or lessee on an AIP airport can and cannot do within his or her hangar. You can read more about these limitations in my latest article on the subject: What Are You Allowed To Do Inside Your Aircraft Hangar At An AIP Airport?.

Posted by Greg

July 07, 2016

What's the Difference Between "Wet" and "Dry" Aircraft Leases?

Have you ever wondered what someone means when they refer to a "wet" versus a "dry" aircraft lease? Many people think it has something to do with whether the aircraft is being leased with or without fuel. However, fuel actually has nothing to do with the distinction.

For an explanation of the difference between "wet" and "dry" aircraft leases, and why it matters, please read my latest article on the subject: The Difference Between "Wet" and "Dry" Aircraft Leases.

Posted by Greg

March 03, 2016

Drone Operators Are Subject To FAA Enforcement

If you operate an unmanned aircraft system ("UAS") or drone, you should be aware that your operation of the drone is subject to FAA enforcement. What does that mean? Well, for a discussion of FAA enforcement as it applies to UAS or drone operations, please read my latest article on the subject: Drone Operators Beware: Drone Operations Are Subject To FAA Enforcement.

Posted by Greg

December 23, 2015

D.C. Circuit Grounds Flytenow & Airpooler Private Pilot Flight Sharing Business Model

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected Flytenow's petition to overturn the FAA's interpretation that private pilots are not permitted to use online flight sharing portals/websites connecting them with potential passengers to share in the expenses of their flights. For a discussion of the decision and its impact on the online flight sharing business model please read my article on the topic: D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Grounds Flytenow & AirPooler Private Pilot Flight-Sharing Concept.

Posted by Greg

December 04, 2015

Will You Have To Register Your Drone With The FAA?

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force has met and submitted its final report to the FAA with recommendations for the creation of a drone registration process which the FAA would ultimately use to promulgate drone registration rules. For a discussion of the Task Force's recommendations, and some of the unanswered questions raised by the recommendations, please read my latest article on the topic: Drone Registration: Just In Time For The Holidays?

Posted by Greg

October 02, 2015

Documenting the 100-Hour Inspection

Do you know how and where the IA's sign-off for your aircraft's 100-hour inspection should be made? In the airframe logbook? In the engine logbook? In the propeller logbook? All of the above?

If you aren't sure, and would like to know, you may want to read my latest article on the topic: Understanding the "What" and "Where" for Documenting Your Aircraft's Annual Inspection.

Posted by Greg

August 31, 2015

DOT Releases Second Half 2015 SIFL Rates

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released the Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. These rates are needed in order to apply the IRS's aircraft valuation formula to compute the value of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft and impute the income of the employee as required by the Internal Revenue Service Rules Section 1.61-21(g). The SIFL rates for the six-month period from July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, are: 0500 miles $0.2341; 501-1,500 miles $0.1785; over 1,500 miles $0.1716; and Terminal Charge of $42.79.

If you are an employer and an employee or a non-employee guest or family member is flown on your aircraft, the flight is potentially taxable to the individual receiving the ride. The aircraft valuation formula applies on a per-flight, per-person basis and will be calculated using the distance in statute miles from where the individual boards the aircraft to where the individual deplanes.

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