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Education & Safety
A group consisiting of attorneys and/or pilots, and/or anyone interested in aviation law. Designed to facilate the learning, knowledge and understanding of aviation law. A group designed to promote and enhance aviation safety for the aviation community and the general public and also to assist in the just development of aviation law.
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Recent Topics

Ros Stovall 3822
Greetings, fellow law/aeronautics aficionados!
I'm attempting to assemble best practices for establishing an app for an organization in the Pacific N/W that will permit member pilots to list flying plans to other pilots with a sharing of expenses. There are many wrinkles to such an effort, ...
Ros Stovall Apr '20
Eddie Berry 1148
I'm hoping it's okay to ask this question in this group. Apologies if not. 
Im a newbie to aviation and a student pilot. I own and fly a Rans Coyote II built by the Rans Employee Flying Club. It's registered as "Experimental". I was told by my CFI that I should use "Lightsport 53xxx" when making a ...
Eddie Berry Nov '17
Interesting question. I've only flown a Piper Cherokee and Cessna 172's. I use "Cherokee" and "Skyhawk" as the ...
Thanks so much, Doug. I believe I'll stick with the "Lightsport" until instructed otherwise. Like you said, many ...
I think this is one of many things that we've all been instructed to do over the years based on aviation in the 1940s ...
Have you read 91.319(d)(3)? 
It says:

(d) Each person operating an aircraft that has an experimental certificate ...

Steven Koenig 5254
FAR 91.319(h) addresses a "Deviation" letter for using an Experimental Exhibition aircraft for pilot training.  Can this same "Deviation" letter allow me to use Experimental Exhibition aircraft for paid Introductory or Orientation flights?  If the answer is no, is there a process to ...
Steven Koenig Feb '20
Judy Skotzko 2565
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How is the job market in aviation law? Are there any big law firms with a sizable aviation law practice area? (I worked for Mayer Brown and don't remember seeing one there.) Are aviation lawyers mostly sole practitioners or in boutique firms?

​For the record, I have a CFI-I/SEL ticket which ...
Judy Skotzko Aug '17
The demand for aviation professionals today is greater than it has been in decades, from pilots to mechanics to all ...
 You might consider joining the lawyer Pilot bar association,   There are over 600 lawyers as ...
William Rose 5021
I own a Piper Archer and insure it through AOPA Insurance. I request an open pilot warranty so that my A&P and various instructors I use can fly the aircraft if they meet the underwriter's criteria. I don't fly the plane as much as I'd like and not as much as it any flying machine should be flown. I ...
William Rose Mar '18
As long as any pilot who flies your plane meets the requirements for the Open Pilot clause, then in most cases you ...
Mr. McLaughlin is right on.  My rule is that friends don't let friends fly their airplane under the open pilot ...
Eddie Berry 1148
I'm a student pilot and own my own plane. I'm currently renting hangar space from my CFI. Can I legally rent a hangar at another airport, one that I've flown to and I'm familiar with, or do I have to keep my airplane at my CFI's home airport until I get certified? 
Eddie Berry Aug '17
Eddie, there is no student pilot prohibition from you renting hangars, but there might be restrictions on where ...
Thanks for the information, John. There hopefully won't be an issue then...unless my CFI hates the thought of ...
Brennan Callan 6567
Greetings everyone,
I wanted to ask if any of you have researched the issues associated with exporting aviation technology for collaboration for the purpose of manufacturing new products?  I want to use caution while considering the nations, companies, and individuals I might involve in ...
Brennan Callan May '18

Group News

Get ready!!!...."Basic Med" starts this MOnday, May 1, 2017! ... Welcome Backto flying!.......



April 24, 2017 By AOPA ePublishing staff

The FAA on April 24 released the official BasicMed Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist that pilots who wish to fly under BasicMed need to fill out and have completed by the state-licensed physician performing the medical examination. The agency also published a link to AOPA’s Medical Self-Assessment: A Pilot's Guide to Flying Healthy online aeromedical course that satisfies the requirement for pilots to complete a medical education course prior to operating under BasicMed.

BasicMed forms available
AOPA President & CEO Mark Baker announces that AOPA's BasicMed online course and the required FAA forms are now available in advance of t...

Although qualified pilots cannot fly under BasicMed until May 1, they can go ahead and make a doctor's appointment, have the checklist filled out by the physician, and complete the online medical course. Pilots will need to retain the completed exam checklist with their logbook, along with the certificate of completion provided after the pilot successfully completes the online course. Once these requirements are met, pilots just have to wait until May 1 to exercise the privileges of BasicMed.


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AOPA recommends that pilots have the medical examination checklist completed first, and then complete the online course. The online course educates pilots about conducting medical self-assessments and determining fitness to fly, and requires users to complete a 20-question quiz to pass the course. Users can save their progress; upon completion of the course, BasicMed rules require the user to provide some basic information about the pilot and the physician who conducted the exam (such as name, address, and telephone number), the date of the exam, and a few certifications as to the pilot’s fitness to fly.


“We fought long and hard for this on behalf of our members, and we’re excited that pilots can now start the BasicMed process,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “You’re now cleared to take the necessary steps to get in the air as of May 1.”

Fit to Fly resources

AOPA has developed a suite of Fit to Fly resources to walk you and your state-licensed physician through the BasicMed process to make it as easy as possible for you to be ready to fly as pilot in command when the medical reform rules go into effect May 1.

To qualify for BasicMed, pilots must hold a valid U.S. driver’s license and comply with any restrictions; have held a valid FAA medical certificate, regular or special issuance, on or after July 15, 2006; and not had their most recent medical revoked, suspended, or withdrawn, or most recent application denied. Pilots with a medical history or diagnosis of certain cardiac, neurological, or mental health conditions, will need a one-time-only special issuance for each condition.

Under BasicMed, pilots can fly as pilot in command of aircraft authorized to carry up to six occupants and weighing up to 6,000 pounds maximum certificated takeoff weight; carry up to five passengers; fly within the United States day or night, VFR or IFR; at altitudes up to 18,000 feet msl; and up to 250 knots indicated airspeed as long as they take the free online aeromedical course every two years (24 calendar months) and visit their state-licensed physician every four years (48 months) to have the medical checklist completed. Pilots can flight instruct under BasicMed, but they cannot operate for compensation or hire.

Click here to complete Medical Self-Assessment: A Pilot's Guide to Flying Healthy.

AOPA anticipates that BasicMed will affect hundreds of thousands of pilots and bring back many pilots who have stopped flying for fear of losing their medical certificate or because of the cost and stress associated with seeking a special issuance medical each year. To help those who have been away from flying for a few years, AOPA has created a Rusty Pilots program to make it easier to get back into the cockpit. 

“If you’ve been away from flying for a while, don’t worry,” Baker encouraged pilots. “AOPA's Rusty Pilots seminars will help you knock off the rust and boost your confidence so that you will be ready to act as pilot in command.”

AOPA is partnering with flight schools to offer Rusty Pilots seminars in hundreds of locations across the United States. By attending the three-hour seminar, you will receive an instructor’s endorsement that meets the minimum requirement for the ground portion of the flight review, and you will get the opportunity to meet local flight instructors so that you can schedule a lesson to complete the ground and flight portion of a review. (Rusty Pilots seminars are free to all AOPA members!) Nearly 3,600 pilots have returned to active flying status through Rusty Pilots.

“We have worked tirelessly with Congress and the FAA to achieve medical reform,” Baker said. “Check out our suite of online Fit to Fly resources to let us help you settle into the left seat.”

To help members through the process, AOPA has dedicated staff standing by in our Pilot Information Center to answer your questions about BasicMed. If you have any questions, please send an email to the AOPA Pilot Information Center or call 888/462-3976, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern. Also, watch AOPA's video, "A Guide to Understanding BasicMed."

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