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Intentionally aiming a laser at an aircraft in flight is a crime under both federal law (18 U.S.C. § 39A) and many state laws (TX Penal Code § 44.14, as one example). Sentences for individuals found guilty of aiming a laser at an aircraft have ranged from fines and probation to serious prison time.   However, you should also be aware that the FAA has the authority to assess a civil…
Michelle Morgan, Partner   Texas Health Resources Foundation has selected Shackelford partner Michelle Morgan to serve on its board of trustees. The board is comprised of more than a dozen practicing physicians, community leaders, and business and legal professionals throughout the state.  Texas Health Resources Foundation strives to enhance the delivery of quality patient care to sustain the long-term fiscal viability of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in…
 December 18, 2019 Kara Hargrove, Donald Cunningham, Jr., Esther Lee Dallas-based law firm Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP, has added three attorneys to its affordable housing team. Donald Cunningham, Jr., will head up their new Baton Rouge, Louisiana office. Kara Hargrove and Esther Lee will work in Dallas. Mr. Cunningham has vast legal expertise in public financing, affordable housing, housing tax credits, business development strategies, and other diverse areas of low-income housing finance.…
Aircraft mechanics, like other aviation certificate holders, are subject to many regulatory requirements – both with respect to obtaining their certification as well as how they exercise the privileges of their certificates. And although mechanics may be familiar with these obligations, sometimes it helps to be reminded of some of the specific requirements with which they must comply. To that end, here is a short list of some of the regulatory requirements relating to mechanics…
Texas is the number one state in the nation to start a business in, according to a recent study by WalletHub. This is great news for entrepreneurs… By Carson Epes Steinbauer, Worthy Walker, and David Elrod  | December 10, 2019 at 04:49 PM David Elrod, Carson Epes Steinbauer and Worthy Walker are partners with Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP. (Courtesy Photo.) Texas is the number one state in the nation to start…
Aircraft mechanic/artisan liens can be tricky.  In addition to the federal filing requirement, each state has its own specific requirements governing the perfection, priority and enforcement of these liens. Those who store, repair, or maintain a customer’s aircraft, or who provide other materials to that aircraft should be familiar with these liens for situations where they have not been paid for those services. If you would like more information regarding when a mechanic’s lien may…
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS“) operations are here to stay. And with that realization, the FAA continues to implement, revise and clarify its enforcement and compliance program to address UAS operations. Its latest guidance, Order 8900.529, FAA is requiring increased surveillance of UAS based upon analyses reflecting an increase in UAS sightings that pose potential risks to air transport due to UAS sightings in communities bordering airport approach and departure paths [and] potential risks identified…
As you may know, the FAA is charged with oversight of the the national airspace (“NAS“) and aircraft operations conducted within the NAS.  This includes making sure that that air carriers (those who transport persons or property for compensation or hire – Part 121 and 135 operators) are complying with heightened regulatory requirements applicable to those operations. Until recently, air carriers were limited to operations with manned aircraft.  However, that is no longer the case.…
For most airmen, obtaining a medical certificate is a straight-forward process.  They apply online, go to see their AME and walk out with a medical certificate.  For a small percentage of airmen, that is just the beginning of the process.  But whether an AME issues or defers an airman’s application for a medical certificate, that isn’t the end of the process for the FAA. For an explanation of how the FAA handles airmen applications for…