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December 02, 2014

Should You Buy Replacement Aircraft Identification Plates on the Internet?

These days, when I want to buy something, aviation related or otherwise, usually the first place I look is the internet. It is amazing what you can find and buy from the convenience of your computer. However, what happens is you need a replacement identification plate for your aircraft or one of its components? Is the internet a good bet? Probably not. But for a more detailed explanation of why it might not be the best bet, please read my latest article on the topic: Should You Buy Replacement Aircraft Identification Plates on the Internet?

Posted by Greg

October 02, 2014

Do You Know What "Pilot Performance" and "Professional Competence" Mean Under PRIA?

If you are an employer who receives Pilot Records Improvement Act ("PRIA") requests, you know that it can sometimes be hard to determine exactly which records do and do not need to be disclosed. If you are pilot, not only do you want to make sure that the proper records are disclosed, but you also want to be sure records that may adversely impact your chances of getting hired by the requesting employer are not disclosed if it is not required. This situation was recently addressed in a legal interpretation issued by the FAA's Office of the Chief Counsel. For a discussion of this interpretation, please read my latest article: When Does an Individual's Employment Record Relate to "Pilot Performance" or "Professional Competence" Under PRIA?.

Posted by Greg

August 29, 2014

First Time, Inadvertent TFR Violation? Remedial Training May Now Be Available

With all of the permanent, temporary and "pop-up" temporary flight restrictions ("TFRs") in the U.S. airspace today, the chances of busting a TFR have increased. Fortunately, the FAA is now taking a somewhat more enlightened approach in its dealings with airmen who may have violated a TFR. For a more detailed discussion of the FAA's revised approach to TFR enforcement, Please read my latest article on the topic: FAA Takes a More Sensible Approach to First-Time, Inadvertent TFR Violations.

Posted by Greg

August 26, 2014

IRS Releases Second Half 2014 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, 2014 to December 31, 2014. 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, 2014 to December 31, 2014, are: 0500 miles $0.2530; 501-1,500 miles $0.1929; over 1,500 miles $0.1855; and Terminal Charge of $46.25.

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.

Posted by Greg

August 05, 2014

FAA Confirms Barter May Be Used For Aircraft Rental And Expense.

What happens when you don't have cash to spend on aircraft rental or expenses, but you do have a service or something else that would be of value to the aircraft owner or operator? Can you barter your services for use of the aircraft? The FAA recently answered these questions in the affirmative. For a discussion of the FAA's position on the matter, please read my latest article on the topic: Can You Barter For Aircraft Rental And Expenses? FAA Says "Yes".

Posted by Greg

July 01, 2014

Is Unknown Ingestion A Valid Defense To A Positive Drug Test Result.?

What happens if you take a drug test and end up with a positive result, but you never took any drugs? Can you convince the FAA not to revoke all of your certificates if you tell them you don't know how the drug metabolites ended up in your drug test result? This so-called "unknowing ingestion" affirmative defense has been tried, but, unfortunately, with little success. For a discussion of a recent NTSB decision analyzing this very situation, please read my latest article on the topic: Unknown Or Inadvertent Ingestion: An Unconvincing Affirmative Defense To A Positive Drug Test Result.

Posted by Greg

May 02, 2014

What's An Aircraft Bailment?

If you are a maintenance facility and you work on other people's aircraft, it is a good bet that a bailment relationship is created with the owners of the aircraft you maintain. For more information on how a bailment relationship is created and the rights and duties of a maintenance facility in such a relationship, please read my latest article on the topic: Aircraft Bailment And The Duties Owed By A Maintenance Facility To An Aircraft Owner.

Posted by Greg

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