Law

June 6, 2014 - 4:10am

After a meeting April 30 between AOPA president Mark Baker and the head of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the association is urging members report any encounters they have with CBP or other law enforcement officers.

AOPA has already received more than 50 reports from members being questioned and sometimes searched by CBP agents or local law enforcement officers acting on the federal agency’s requests. In some cases, the officers approached pilots with drawn weapons or dogs to inspect the aircraft.

June 4, 2014 - 12:55pm

The U.S. District Court for Philadelphia has sentenced Joel Stout, of Elizabethtown, Pa., to 60 months probation and 60 hours of community service. Stout, an A&P mechanic and former employee of Flying Tigers, previously pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to his participation in a complex fraud involving unauthorized aircraft inspections.

June 3, 2014 - 3:00pm

Last Thursday, the House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R.4718, a bill that would make accelerated, or bonus, depreciation permanent. If passed, this would allow for 50 percent of costs for new investments in equipment and software–a list that includes such things as business jets–to be written off in the first year. More than 150 groups, including NBAA and NATA, supported the legislation.

June 2, 2014 - 2:25am

The process of buying a business jet is fraught with potential pitfalls, among them the many ways that owners can fall afoul of legal constraints. The 2014 NBAA Tax Seminar & Conference, held last month in San Francisco, offered a one-day summary of the issues facing aircraft owners, not only summarizing the key problems that can develop but also giving participants a foundation for understanding how best to set up a flight department from a legal standpoint and how to satisfy taxing authorities with the minimum hit.

May 18, 2014 - 11:00am

After a five-year fight for justice, Vienna, Austria-based aviation services provider International Jet Management (IJM) has prevailed against German authorities in a precedent-setting ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

The ECJ, Europe’s highest court, was asked by a German court whether fines against IJM and others by German authorities were contrary to European law. The result that they are will almost certainly mean that IJM wins its long-running battle over non-discrimination.

May 14, 2014 - 7:43am

Having lost the first round of its attempt to fine Raphael Pirker for using a flying wing to take video, the FAA plans to issue a public notice reaffirming its authority to regulate the use of small unmanned aircraft. The agency is appealing a March ruling by a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) administrative law judge rejecting the $10,000 fine.

May 6, 2014 - 2:50pm

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently issued a decision that allowed a Part 91 operator to continue to apply the “Age 65 rule” originally intended for airline pilots to its operations, according to NBAA.

April 28, 2014 - 12:30pm

Ryanair’s legal team is to challenge an April 17 ruling by an Amsterdam court against an earlier lawsuit filed by the Irish carrier against Dutch TV station KRO. The court found that the KRO documentary “Mayday Mayday” did have sufficient evidence to support its report into alleged low fuel reserves during three different emergency landings by Ryanair aircraft in Valencia, Spain back in July 2012.

April 24, 2014 - 2:45pm

After a five-year legal debate, Austrian aviation services provider International Jet Management (IJM) has prevailed against German authorities in a “precedent-setting ruling” by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

April 16, 2014 - 9:05am

The Japan National Police Agency ordered another AgustaWestland AW139, the Italian helicopter manufacturer and its distributor Mitsui Bussan Aerospace announced at ABACE yesterday. The medium twin is scheduled to enter service next year for operations in Kagoshima Prefecture. More than 40 AgustaWestland helicopters are currently supporting law enforcement throughout various Japanese prefectures. According to AgustaWestland, Japan already uses the AW139 for critical missions such as search-and-rescue, firefighting and disaster relief.

 
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