What Every Pilot Should Know about FAA Enforcement
OK... this is kind of a special story for us, as it features one of aviation's truly undersung heroes... a guy who manages to make lawyers look good (quite a feat in and of itself...) and has worked tirelessly to protect aviators nationwide. A guy by the name of John Yodice.
John Yodice is AOPA's chief legal officer and is recognized as one the top aviation attorneys in the nation.
John Yodice set up his private practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland upon graduation from the George Washington University School of Law in 1959. Since then he has been continuously representing pilots and others in aviation law matters. Mr. Yodice is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Oklahoma. He serves as General Counsel for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations. He is a Director (and past president) of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, and is a founding member of the NTSB Bar Association.
Mr. Yodice authors a regular, monthly column in the AOPA Pilot magazine, and is primarily responsible for the articles included in the firm's several, quarterly newsletters. He defended Bob Hoover against the infamous FAA certificate action and presents popular legal seminars at events like AOPA Expo and the AOPA Fly-In.
We caught up with John at AOPA Expo 2008 where he was engaged in one of the highlights of the event... his annual lecture on 'What Every Pilot Should Know about FAA Enforcement.' This presentation is an hour-long presentation reduced to the essentials every pilot must know to make sure that a bad situation is not made worse: If and how to respond to the FAA. The ASRS "get-out-of-jail-free" program. When does a pilot need legal help, and how to get it cheap -- and much more!
John remains an active commercial pilot and flight instructor. He uses his twin-engine Cessna Turbo 310 primarily in his law practice, but his Piper Cub is just for fun.
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