FAA Regulations for Flying Too LOW
What Every Pilot Should Know about FAA Enforcement
OK... this is kind of a special story for us, as it features one of aviation's truly undersung heroes... a guy who manages to make lawyers look good (quite a feat in and of itself...) and has worked tirelessly to protect aviators nationwide. A guy by the name of John Yodice.
John Yodice is AOPA's chief legal officer and is recognized as one the top aviation attorneys in the nation.
John Yodice set up his private practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland upon graduation from the George Washington University School of Law in 1959. Since then he has been continuously representing pilots and others in aviation law matters. Mr. Yodice is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Oklahoma. He serves as General Counsel for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations. He is a Director (and past president) of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, and is a founding member of the NTSB Bar Association.
Mr. Yodice authors a regular, monthly column in the AOPA Pilot magazine, and is primarily responsible for the articles included in the firm's several, quarterly newsletters. He defended Bob Hoover against the infamous FAA certificate action and presents popular legal seminars at events like AOPA Expo and the AOPA Fly-In.
We caught up with John at AOPA Expo 2008 where he was engaged in one of the highlights of the event... his annual lecture on 'What Every Pilot Should Know about FAA Enforcement.' This presentation is an hour-long presentation reduced to the essentials every pilot must know to make sure that a bad situation is not made worse: If and how to respond to the FAA. The ASRS "get-out-of-jail-free" program. When does a pilot need legal help, and how to get it cheap -- and much more!
John remains an active commercial pilot and flight instructor. He uses his twin-engine Cessna Turbo 310 primarily in his law practice, but his Piper Cub is just for fun.
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The FAA slaps American Airlines with the biggest fine ever, more than $24 million for operating aircraft that weren’t “airworthy.”
The FAA proposed new regulations to ensure that pilots get an adequate amount of sleep. These new regulations come as a result of flight 3407
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The Federal Aviation Administration is implementing a plan to shore up its shoddy civil aircraft records. Of the 357,000 plane registrations in the United States, some 119,000 are believed to be out of date due to issues such as missing forms, incorrect owner addresses, and unreported sales.
The FAA is now going to gradually cancel all existing registrations and make aircraft owners re-register their planes over the next three years. (Video: KDKA)
Los Angeles' KABC highlights part of the reasoning behind the push for better records.
GREGORY: “It’s pretty disturbing news: Nine years after the September 11th terrorist attack and the FAA is now admitting there are thousands of planes flying overhead every day and they’re not sure who owns them. ... The FAA admits that drug smugglers and other criminals are taking advantage of the problem by changing tail numbers on aircraft to throw authorities off their track. There of course is also the concern that terrorists could end up doing the same thing.”
But industry insiders are skeptical the plan will actually deter criminals. Tampa Bay’s WTVT explains:
BOSWELL: “Criminals can use the N-numbers, or tail numbers, to disguise their airplanes and pass it off as someone else’s registration.”
WARNER: “Even if you know who the aircraft’s owners are, there are many, many, many ways for ownership to be disguised, for the smugglers to buy the plane through any number of fronts, cut-throughs, and so forth."
And one pilot tells south-east Missouri’s KFVS, he agrees.
"The drug traffickers and terrorists don't follow the rules anyway. ... They could care less if the aircraft is registered or otherwise. Most likely they would either steal an aircraft or go rent one that would be properly registered."
Finally, a writer for Gather says the new registration push doesn’t just affect pilots -- it’s going to force a lot of paperwork onto a lot of people.
For example: “Banks, already under the crunch from the massive foreclosure crisis, will probably feel the heat the worst. Any aircraft on loan or with liens will have to have their files reopened and updated, leading finance companies to have to hire even more processors to handle a whole new cascade of paperwork.”
Previously, civil aircraft owners could purchase a lifetime registration for just five dollars -- but now the FAA will require all planes to be re-registered every three years.
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How many air traffic controllers does it take to land a plane? Washington is trying to figure that out -- after a half dozen different incidents of controllers nodding off on the job.
CNN reports, as a result, the head of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization’s Hank Krakowski has resigned.
“Krakowski’s resignation comes amid growing controversy over napping air traffic controllers. The latest occurred Wednesday morning at Nevada’s Reno Tahoe Airport when a medical jet was attempting to land with a sick patient. It is the sixth reported incident this year of a sleeping air traffic controller.”
WGN has video of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood saying things will change.
"This is ridiculous, it's outrageous, it's the kind of behavior that we will not stand for at the Department of Transportation. The controller has been suspended, we're conducting an investigation and I have said that immediately there will be two controllers in 27 control towers around the country that control planes between 12 midnight and the early morning hours."
Now critics are lining up to ask, what kind of change is that? Fox News interviews former FAA spokesman Scott Brenner who suggests, it’s the controllers’ union who’s the blame -- not the FAA Chief.
“For him to offer up this political killing for some controllers who have fallen asleep, and have not practiced this professional responsibility that they should have done, is really unfortunate.”
“But I think if you talk to the average American, saying, you know what? If you can’t do your job, we’re not going to fire you, we’re going to bring someone else in to help you? I think most Americans would think that was a pretty ridiculous solution.”
The blog -- AVWebInsider -- agrees, saying, this is a typical government response when things go wrong.
“Only could the U.S. government, in response to a labor situation in which the job is so boring and low key that workers can’t stay awake to do it, double the workforce. … [I]t does not address the professional dereliction of a six-figure salary government employee sleeping on the job.”
But The Reno Gazette-Journal’s Jason Hidalgo says -- look -- having only one controller on the job is just not smart.
“At most airport towers nationwide, the cab -- the room on the top of the tower -- has no bathroom. With only one controller on duty, the position has to go unattended at times if the controller needs to use a bathroom.”
But on ABC -- the discussion turns to bare-bones and swing-shift staffing -- which besets many controllers.
“Now there’s a broad issue here – that of fatigue. It’s not just working the overnight shift, but controllers bounce between day shifts and night shifts, your body clock just cannot adjust, the FAA and the Union have been talking about this for more than a year, it now takes on added urgency.”
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