A legal case that could hold serious ramifications for the aircraft financing and leasing industry met its end with a blow against the lenders when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal.
Wrongful-death suits brought on behalf of family members of passengers and crew killed in the 2006 midair between an Embraer Legacy and a Brazilian Gol 737 airliner were dismissed on July 3 by U.S District Court Judge Brian Cogan, based on his determination that the Brazilian courts are a more appropriate venue. The midair killed all 154 passengers and crew aboard the Boeing, but all aboard the business jet survived.
Pilots often wonder what happens if they sign a contract to repay training costs when accepting a flying job that involves expensive simulator training but quit before the contract has expired. Conventional wisdom is that such contracts are not enforceable and the hiring company eventually drops the issue. That was not the case for Allen Miller, who accepted a job with Bombardier Aerospace’s Flexjet fractional operation in July 2000.