Ask the Aviation Attorney: Pilot Promissory Note vs. Training Agreements

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  Our previous post about Pilot Training Agreements and Pilot Promissory Notes featured aviation lawyer Joe Lamonaca, an ATP himself, who gave us some great advice on when our pilots should have these documents reviewed by an attorney. (Check out that post for Joe’s expert advice on when to sign Training Agreements.) To review, Pilot Training Agreements (sometimes called Training…
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Aviation Medical Exam – Avoid Accidental Fraud

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It may come as a surprise to some of our pilots, but the #1 reason you might get in trouble for “fraud” with the FAA isn’t for falsifying logbooks or misrepresenting hours flown. Administrator v. Martinez is a legal case resulting from a pilot checking the “no” box for question 18w on the application for medical certificate. This is the question…
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Pilots: Be Careful on the Road

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“Be careful on the road BizJetJobs.com pilots,” says Joe Lamonaca Esq ATP and Principal of the National and International Pilot Defense Aviation Law Firm. “State-by state traffic laws vary greatly. If you get in trouble in a State where your driver’s license wasn’t issued, don’t assume that it will not be an issue with the FAA.” You may not get points on your…
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Pilot Training Contract Advice: Confession of Judgement Clause

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Aviation attorney and trusted BizJetJobs.com advisor Joe Lamonaca, a pilot himself, advises that “by signing a pilot training contract or agreement that contains a Confession of Judgment, the pilot is allowing the holder of the agreement to produce it to a court for a judgment without a hearing by default. Procedures vary by state and jurisdiction, but I never advise…
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Ask the Aviation Attorney: When Should a Pilot Report a DUI to the FAA?

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Answer from expert pilot lawyer Joe Lamonaca – a pilot himself and also an Appointed FAA Lead Safety Representative: “ALWAYS.” Joseph Michael Lamonaca, Esq, ATPPrincipal, National and International Pilot Defense Aviation Law Firmwww.avlaw.us “Ninety percent of the cases I work on are related to drug, alcohol and medical issues threatening a pilot’s certificate. After 9-11, inter-agency cooperation on the Federal level and the…
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