We hope you enjoyed Justine Harrison’s presentation. FAA inspectors and the FAA legal team have sharpened their focus on warbird owners and operators, and AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services team has got your six. Ready to learn more about Pilot Protection Services membership and how we help pilots in the warbird community with legal and medical issues? Keep reading below.

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As disciplined and meticulous pilots, we’re always striving to achieve that perfect flight from engine startup to shut down. However, even the most experienced pilot can get distracted by a passenger or have a momentary bout of task saturation while trying to copy an amended clearance on climb out, resulting in an inadvertent deviation from an ATC instruction that ultimately gets the attention of the FAA.

AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services knows that your pilot and medical certificates mean everything to you, and that’s why our trusted Legal Services Plan attorneys and Medical Certification Specialists are here to help protect them when things don’t go as planned.

With an average of nearly 4,500 aviation-related legal matters and over 1,000 medical certification-related cases per year, the variety of calls we receive from plan participants on a daily basis run the gamut. To give you an example what kinds of calls we received, below are some common call types.

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Medical Certification

Although BasicMed is the hot topic these days, medical certification calls relate to the FAA requiring a pilot to provide additional medical information or seeking the pilot’s surrender of his or her airman medical certificate. There is usually a short window of time to respond to these types of FAA letters, so if you happen to receive one, plan participants should contact our office as soon as possible to speak with someone to help you understand your options prior to responding to the FAA.

If you’re thinking about buying or selling an airplane, or you need guidance on how to set up an LLC or Corporation for your aircraft, we have a national network of over 650 panel attorneys who can walk you and your CPA through the process based on the applicable state laws that may apply.

Aircraft Accidents or Incidents

This category includes everything from a runway incursion, off airport landing, the FBO towing your airplane into a light pole, to ground loops and hard landings. These also tend to be the most challenging cases because the pilot may be coping with a traumatic experience while simultaneously facing an NTSB investigation, possible FAA action, or other serious legal issues arising from injuries or damage to property.

Pilot Deviations

By a wide margin, the most common type of call we get from airmen has to do with some sort of pilot deviation. These are the type of matters that typically begin with Air Traffic Control asking a pilot to call a telephone number after landing, and could be the result of a pilot not complying with ATC instructions, inadvertently flying into controlled airspace, penetrating a TFR, or not flying the published departure procedure.

These are just some of the wide array of topics the Legal Services Plan attorneys and Medical Certification Specialists handle daily. Pilot Protection Services is an AOPA members-only benefit, and one that we’re proud to provide to thousands of pilots like you.