Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS
Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS

Aviation Law News

List of Attorneys in Arizona currently practicing Aviation Law:


Michael Pearson of Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC

Paul Rowley of Rowley Chapman & Barney, Ltd

Timothy McCulloch of Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP

Chris Henrichsen of CKGH Law 

Mark Worischeck of Sanders & Parks, PC

Steven Leach, J. Gary Linder, John Masterson, and Ryan McCarthy of Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC

The Brewer Law Firm, PLLC

O'Steen & Harrison, PLC

Baird Williams & Greer, LLP

Slack & Davis, LLP

Thomas Lee Toone of Beer & Toone, PC

Beale, Micheaels, Slack & Shughart

Studnicki Law Firm, PC


Fatigue Education and Awareness Training Programs Required by Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 117, § 117.9


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In the event of an airplane crash, aviation attorneys are to wait 45 days prior to contacting the families of the victims - 49 USC 1136


Otherwise, as happened in NY, they could be in violation of the ethics rules and receive a Letter of Caution and Admonition.


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September 8, 2014 - The FAA selected four unleaded fuels for the first phase of testing at the William J. Hughes Technical Center. The goal is for government and industry to work together to have a new unleaded fuel that reduces lead emissions for general aviation by 2018.

Pilot Deviations


FAA Order 7210.56C Air Traffic Quality Assurance defines a pilot deviation: the actions of a pilot that result in the violation of a Federal Aviation Regulation or a North American Aerospace Defense (Command Air Defense Identification Zone) tolerance. 

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FAA Order 7210.632 now supercedes 7210.56C

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The FAA has legislative, executive, and judicial authority over certificate holders which stems from the Federal Aviation Act of 1958.


The FAA has broad power over civil aviation matters.


The Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has power over criminal offenses.


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FAA Order 2150.3B describes the authority, responsibilities, policies, guidelines, procedures, objectives, and legal aspects of the FAA's compliance and enforcement program. The policies and procedures explain how the FAA exercises its discretion in carrying out statutory and regulatory enforcement responsibilities.

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FAA Order 8020.11C describes Aircraft Accident and Incident Notification, Investigation, and Reporting

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Laser pointing at an aircraft became a federal crime in 2012, 18 USC 39A, with a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison.  Furthermore, this act can be considered interfering with an aircraft, 18 USC 32, which is a felony and carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.  To cap it all off, the FAA also can impose civil penalties. 


Report a Laser Incident to the FAA

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