General Aviation has suffered excruciating pressure for four decades
from both intrusive government and an overwhelming legal
system. An attorney/pilot combining legal knowledge and practical aviation
experience may well provide invaluable and practical
advice if you as a mechanic, fixed base operator, or pilot find yourself
confronted by an FAA inspector or law enforcement
A common mistake of non-pilot attorneys occurs during DWI representation.
A pilot/driver blows a .08 and receives a civil revocation. The driver subsequently is found "not guilty" at
trial. Since there is no conviction, neither the attorney or the pilot
report the matter to Oklahoma City. The FAA requires prompt reporting
of the ten day civil suspension, regardless of whether
there is a conviction. The pilot/driver is very pleased with the results
until they receive notice of a thirty day suspension of their
pilot's license for failing to report the ten day suspension of their
driving license. If you are an airline pilot, that is a big "whoops"
that could have been prevented by a simple reporting.
If you are involved in an aircraft accident whether as an operator,
an owner, or as a passenger, the advice of competent legal
counsel may be critical to a positive outcome. Mr. Seibert offers a
unique combination of experience including accident
reconstruction, flight operations, and negotiation of FAA enforcement
Mr. Seibert is a pilot/attorney for the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association
and is available for consultation under the member
legal services plan. For a tour of the A.O.P.A. services, click
For more information, feel free to call directly at (919) 546-0606.