Legally Speaking

A Loaf of Bread, a Jug of Wine, and the FAA

It’s your birthday, and to celebrate you meet some friends for dinner at your favorite restaurant. You enjoy a great steak, some wine, and after an enjoyable evening you get in your car for the short drive home. Halfway home you see flashing police lights in your rearview mirror, and you pull over. The officer Read More

The Dreaded 709 Re-Examination

You are landing on runway 9 at your towered home airport, which has only an east-west runway. You have received the current ATIS, and it is reporting wind as 020 at 18, gust 25. The maximum demonstrated crosswind component of your aircraft is 17 knots. You are proficient, and have never had an issue landing Read More

Legally Speaking: Unintended Consequences

Avoid turning an inadvertent act into enforcement action. You have received your clearance for an IFR departure from your home airport, which includes “climb and maintain 5,000 feet.” The tower clears you for takeoff, and adds, “Amend your initial altitude, climb and maintain 1,500 feet.” You take off, and the tower tells you to contact Read More