Knowledgeable Aviation Law Attorneys in Merrillville
Serving clients in Portage, Crown Point, Hammond, Valparaiso, and Porter County and Lake County
With the complex nature of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) rules and regulations, it can be difficult to find an attorney who can handle these issues. Fortunately, the lawyers at Schlyer & Associates, P.C. in Merrillville are highly knowledgeable in aviation law, helping our clients achieve sky-high success for many years. Attorney Donald Schlyer has years of experience in aviation law, and he previously worked for a law firm that represented airlines. He works extensively on cases involving flight operations, pilot error, lawsuits against mechanics and the repossession of aircraft. When you need the personal attention and dependable representation of a dedicated aviation law attorney, you can rely on our respected legal team.
Defending pilots in FAA and NTSB actions
To prevent the loss of your certificate or even your job as a pilot or other aviation professional, it is necessary to know how to protect yourself from FAA and NTSB actions. In this industry, committing an infraction that endangers others can result in the loss of your certificate or professional license.
Both legal enforcement and administration enforcement actions can be taken. Legal enforcement action may include revocation, suspension or fines that stay on your record for up to five years. A pilot has the right to appeal this action in court. Administrative enforcement action can take the form of a warning notice or letter of correction that may appear on your record for up to two years. With this type of enforcement, a pilot usually does not have the right to an appeal.
The best way to protect yourself from FAA and NTSB actions is to obtain representation from an aviation lawyer at Schlyer & Associates — and to do so as early on in the process as possible. First, the FAA needs to obtain a verbal statement regarding your responsibility for an incident or accident to legally take enforcement action. To obtain this statement, you may be asked questions regarding a previous flight or action. Be careful when answering these questions, as your statement can be held against you in future hearings or enforcement proceedings. The two telltale signs that FAA officials are seeking enforcement action are unusual curiosity about a past event and a desire to get a verbal response regarding an incident, especially if a personal injury occurred.
Work with a seasoned Merrillville aviation law attorney
To speak with an attorney who has years of experience in aviation law, call Schlyer & Associates, P.C. at 219-757-0225 or contact us online. We serve clients throughout Indiana and Illinois and offer free initial consultations. Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST, with flexible hours available by appointment.