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By Talmage Boston  |  July/August 2020  |  The Texas Bar Journal  |  Vol. 83, No. 7  Is there a relationship between best practices in presidential leadership and legal professionalism? Though many may believe these subjects are unrelated, in fact, as this article will demonstrate, they align in synchronicity. As the author of a presidential history book and as a full-time practicing lawyer for over 40 years, I encourage the reader to go with the…
DALLAS – Business and entertainment law firm Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP has expanded its intellectual property and corporate legal expertise with the addition of six IP professionals and a veteran corporate law attorney in Dallas and Houston. In a major expansion of the firm’s intellectual property expertise, attorneys Ross Robinson, David Lovell and David Odom join the Dallas office as partners, with Henry “Bud” Ehrlich joining as a partner in Houston. Of…
It isn’t uncommon for a company with an air carrier certificate for conducting 14 C.F.R. Part 135 operations to also hold a 14 C.F.R. Part 145 repair station certificate.  In this situation, the company’s  repair station business performs maintenance on both the aircraft operated by the air carrier as well as other aircraft. The company may also employ individuals who hold both an airman certificate and a mechanic certificate.  Many of these individuals wear two…
14 C.F.R. § 45.11(a) requires that a type-certificated aircraft have an identification or “data” plate issued by the aircraft’s manufacturer secured to the aircraft for that aircraft to be airworthy.  Ordinarily, this isn’t an issue for an aircraft owner.  But what happens when an aircraft is missing its data plate? Perhaps the aircraft was wrecked. Or the owner purchased the aircraft as salvage.  This can leave an aircraft owner in a tough spot: The aircraft…
Recent FAA press releases have publicized the enforcement actions the agency is taking against those involved in illegal charter.  However, what is not publicized is how the FAA is investigating these cases.  A recent case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana provides an interesting glimpse into one such investigation. The Case In Elwell v. Bade et al., the FAA received complaints regarding alleged illegal charter activity.  In response, the…
America might be led by its first octogenarian, and risk of incapacitating illness rises as people age.   By Talmage Boston  |  1:30 AM on Jun 21, 2020  |  The Dallas Morning News In January 1965, Congress began moving toward passing a constitutional amendment in case poor health caused a president or vice president to leave office or need to be removed. The impetus for adding to the Constitution arose from concern about the…
An airman holding a sport pilot certificate recently asked me if the airman could fly to a location where the airman anticipated having a business meeting.  However, the airman indicated that he wasn’t necessarily flying to the location because he had to, but he wanted to in order to build time. Unfortunately, based upon those facts it is likely the FAA would interpret the flight as being in furtherance of the airman’s business.  As a…
If you have applied for an FAA medical certificate you know an applicant must complete FAA Form 8500-8GG via MedXPress and answer the questions on the form.  The FAA uses the information disclosed on the application to determine whether an airman is qualified to hold a medical certificate issued under 14 C.F.R. Part 67. Question 18 asks for information regarding various medical conditions and circumstances that could have an impact on an airman’s medical…
By Kim Rosenlof  |   June 2, 2020, 8:39 AM This story is part of AIN‘s continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation. Aviation insurance executives provided a bleak picture of the post-Covid-19 insurance industry during the Aviation Insurance Association (AIA) conference held via online videoconferencing throughout the month of May. Steve Blakey, president and CEO of Starr Insurance Holdings, cited statistics released by Lloyd’s of London in mid-May that the Covid-19 crisis…
By Talmage Boston  |  June 2020  |  The Texas Bar Journal  |  Vol. 83, No. 6  Is there a relationship between best practices in presidential leadership and legal professionalism? Though many may believe these subjects are unrelated, in fact, as this article will demonstrate, they align in synchronicity. As the author of a presidential history book and as a full-time practicing lawyer for over 40 years, I encourage the reader to go with the…