FAA Safety Hotline Complaint

  • ON Mar 04, 2018
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  • BY Anthony Ison
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  • IN Pilot Law

Have you received a FAA Safety Hotline Complaint? Has someone (maybe your ex-wife, “old” friend, or at least someone that you won’t be talking to again) reported you to the FAA for what they feel is or was a violation of the Federal Aviation Regulations? If so, you’ve probably received a letter from the FAA requesting more information about what the informant said in his or her FAA Safety Hotline Complaint. It is important to remember that no matter how false the claim, no matter how unreliable the person is that reported you, and no matter how mad you are, the FAA won’t go away until they are “satisfied.” This can most easily be seen in cases of FAA Safety Hotline Complaints which are related to an airman’s qualification to hold an airman medical certificate.

A FAA Safety Hotline Complaint related to an issue of medical certification can often times indicate a reasonable basis that an airman does not meet the medical standards prescribed in 14 C.F.R. Part 67. As such, when there is a reasonable basis to do so, the Federal Air Surgeon may reexamine an airman’s qualification to hold an airman medical certificate. See 14 C.F.R. §§67.413(a) and 67.407(d). This means that the FAA, via the Federal Air Surgeon, can conduct an investigation (within the scope of the Pilot’s Bill of Rights) regarding the underlying facts of the Safety Hotline Complaint, any medical condition relating to the Safety Hotline Complaint, and/or require evaluations from a physician(s) to prove that the airman has an underlying, disqualifying medical condition. In doing so, the FAA may ask that the airman provide at least a personal statement and medical records.

There are two important things to remember if you have a medical related FAA Safety Hotline Complaint lodged against you. First, you should always be careful when drafting a personal statement to be mindful of your rights under the Pilot’s Bill of Rights. In other words, what you say can be used against you in any FAA enforcement action which arises as a result of the Safety Hotline Complaint. The second thing to remember is that if you don’t provide requested records within the appropriate amount of time (usually 60 days), the FAA could send your airman medical certificate to the legal department for enforcement action (revocation). It is prudent to have a FAA defense attorney assist you with gathering and reviewing records prior to submitting to the FAA.

If you have any questions about a FAA Safety Hotline Complaint, give your aviation attorney at The Ison Law Firm a call. The Pilot Lawyer is standing by to vector you through legal turbulence.

 

Aviation Accident Representation

  • ON Mar 01, 2018
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  • BY Anthony Ison
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  • IN Pilot Law

After an airplane or helicopter accident, you or your loved ones may be wondering about aviation accident representation. First, if you are reading this and you or your loved ones have been injured or killed in an aviation accident, please accept our deepest sympathy. It is truly saddening when technology that is meant to enhance our lives brings us harm. Nevertheless, if you find yourself wondering what to do after an aviation accident, your first step should be to call an aviation attorney. In that, an aviation attorney can give you guidance from early-on, as to what type of evidence should be preserved, how you should interact with the Federal Aviation Administration and/or National Transportation Safety Board, insurance companies, manufacturers, and so on. More specifically, an aviation attorney can identify early on whether you can bring a lawsuit for money damages against the party (or parties) responsible for the accident.

Who can be responsible for money damages after an aviation accident? When there is an airplane crash or helicopter crash, depending on the facts and circumstances of the aviation accident, the liable party could potentially be the pilot or pilots, the manufacturer of the aircraft and/or the components of the aircraft, the air carrier (if this is a commercial aviation accident), those that maintained the aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration, and others. Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to say with any immediacy who is at fault in an aviation accident and lots of times, it depends on the investigation and decisions made by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Who can sue the responsible party after an aviation accident? While every case is different, a surviving, injured party can bring a claim of action (sometimes along with his or her spouse) against the party responsible for the aviation accident. In the event where an individual dies as a result of an aviation accident, a surviving spouse and/or child may be able to sue the responsible party for wrongful death following the airplane accident or helicopter accident. Aviation accident representation by an aviation attorney will be able to determine whether you have “privity” to sue the responsible party for damages.

Aviation accident representation should always start with an aviation attorney. An aviation attorney usually is a pilot, as well – either by trade or as a hobby. It is important that your aviation accident representation be conducted by someone that has an understanding of aerodynamics, piloting, and the relevant aviation regulations and workings of the FAA and NTSB. While it may be necessary for your aviation attorney to enlist the help of other attorneys on large cases, it is always important to make sure that at least one attorney on your team is a pilot.

If you are looking for aviation accident representation, let The Pilot Lawyer at The Ison Law Firm assist you during your time of need. Call today to speak with The Pilot Lawyer by calling toll-free 1-855-FAA-1215.