FAA Airmen Certificate Compliance & Legal Representation: All You Have to Know
No matter what your job in the aviation industry, receiving a letter in the mail informing you that the Federal Aviation Administration has taken enforcement actions to suspend or revoke your pilot or medical certificate is enough to terrify even the most stoic of airmen. After all, many people rely upon the aviation industry for jobs and health benefits, and the prospect of losing your certification can be daunting enough as it is, without adding the additional stress of losing your income along with it.
It’s important that you do not respond to such letters in any way until you have consulted an aviation attorney and become aware of your rights in a situation like this.
It’s easy to incriminate yourself accidentally and reveal information that you shouldn’t have, but hiring Simon Kabzan, Esq. to protect your aviation license so that problems like this can be prevented. As a pilot, he knows aviation from the inside.
Noncompliance with FAA regulations is a mistake that anyone can make without even realizing it, especially at the beginning of your career, but if you deal with it early enough, there are always options that can protect you from eventual action against your certificate. Whether you’ve dealt with a DUI that is threatening to take away your airmen’s certificate or you’ve been caught abusing substances while on the ground or in the air, there are several reasons why the FAA may decide to take action against you.
While these issues can often be solved if they are caught early, there is a chance that the FAA will decide to impose sanctions upon airmen. In the event that things escalate, you may receive a Notice of Proposed Certificate Action or a civil penalty notice, in which case the FAA has the power to revoke or suspend your license to fly and work in your chosen career path.
Not only can these penalties be deadly to your aviation career, the FAA can also decide to impose civil penalties upon you ranging up to $50,000 in fines in addition to suspending or permanently revoking your pilot or medical certificate. Many people do not even make $50,000 in one year, so these steep fines will prevent you from ever being able to fly again.
If the actions are severe enough, you may also receive a notification of violation from the NTSB, the National Transportation Safety Board, which can also prevent you from being able to legally fly.
Aviation should be fun--not a stressor added into your life. When it becomes a chore or something you dread, call Mr. Kabzan to schedule your appointment. There’s no time to delay when it comes to your freedom of flight - so so do not wait until it is too late to save your career and certifications.
It’s important to note that these sanctions are put in place in order to protect passengers, but oftentimes they can inordinately target pilots and other aviation industry workers with their strict penalties and harsh punishments.
However, if all of the necessary boxes are checked, you should have no problem ensuring that your certificate is up to date and no longer in violation, and Mr. Kabzan’s legal services can save your certifications as well as your reputation, but only if you are able to nip this problem in the bud and do not let it escalate.
Things can always escalate even further, despite it seeming like things have already gotten the worst they can get. In the event that you run into issues and have your certifications revoked or suspended, typically the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will receive most appeals in this space. Should you have trouble with your hearing with NTSB, the United States board of appeals will be the highest court you may get to while attempting to protest the decision made by both the Board and FAA.
During this process, it is essential that you have a legal practitioner at your side who is looking out for your best interests and who knows aviation law like the back of his hand. Going into a situation like this blind is a foolish mistake, as it is quite easy to reveal incriminating information without meaning to.
Simon Kabzan has years of experience working with both the FAA and NTSB when it comes to issues of revocation or suspension, and he can help you to earn your certification back to get in the air once again. All decisions that the FAA and NTSB make are available for appeal, and Mr. Kabzan is always on the lookout for the evidence that proves you are in the right so that he can have your back in these types of situations.
If you are found to be in violation of any of the FAA’s certification standards, all hope is not lost and there is always still time to negotiate a compromise in this type of situation. Whether by appealing decisions or getting special dispensation to regain your certification, it’s entirely possible that with Mr. Kabzan – a lawyer and a pilot – by your side, you will be back in the air in no time at all, exploring the skies as you should be.
Don’t let something simple take away your ability to fly and earn an income for your family–put it into a trusted attorney’s hands and he will help you to find the most positive outcome.