AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2021 - 108

NEWS & NOTES 

LEGALLY SPEAKING

MEMBER PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

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A welcome
change

FAA introduces online
DUI/DWI motor vehicle
action reporting
THE FAA HAS LONG REQUIRED the holder
of any pilot certificate to report a Motor
Vehicle Action (MVA), as defined in
FAR 61.15(c), within 60 days. Common
examples of a reportable MVA include a
driver's license suspension, or a conviction, for driving under the influence or
driving while intoxicated (DUI/DWI).
However, until recently, these reports
could only be sent by mail or fax to FAA's
Security and Hazardous Materials Safety
Office (formerly Civil Aviation Security
Division). FAA has now rolled out a new
online reporting option, which enables a
pilot to enter their email address into a
website and receive a customized reporting link via email.
FAR 61.15(e) details the information
required when making a report. The FAA
has a template available for mail or fax
submissions, and its use is optional. It is
worth noting that the template has fields
for information beyond what is required
by the regulation (e.g., telephone number), but does not distinguish them from

AVIATION FINANCE

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ADAM ANSWERS
BY CHAD MAYER

B Y A DA M M E R E D I T H
P R E S I D E N T, A O PA F I N A N C E

Pilot Protection Services

required information. The web form contains
fields similar to the template's. However, the web
form uses an asterisk to denote required information, which is a welcome change.
Failure to timely report an MVA can lead to
certificate action, and the AOPA Legal Services
Plan staff recommends keeping proof of submission in case there is ever any question about
whether a report was timely made. Until now,
this meant either sending the report by certified
mail with return receipt requested, or saving a fax
send confirmation. For pilots electing to make a
61.15 report through the FAA's website, it may be
advisable to keep screenshots, as well as call on
the phone the next business day to confirm the
submission went through successfully. At present, a confirmation email is not automatically
sent after submitting a report through the web
form. Pilots with questions should consult with
aviation counsel to ensure any required reports
are properly submitted.

Q: I own a Cessna 177RG that's
free and clear and am seeking
to finance up to $80,000 with
my airplane as security...do you
all offer this service?
A: Equity financing of an aircraft can be challenging.
Lenders will need a good
understanding of how the
funds are to be used. If the
funds are to be put back into
the aircraft for upgrades,
improvements, etc., we have
plenty of options. This would
be treated like any other purchase or refinance. If the funds
are to be used to invest elsewhere or to increase cash flow,
the lending options are much
more limited. Generally, we
would expect a lower advance
and increased rates for this
type of financing.
finance.aopa.org
800-62-PLANE (75263)

aopa.org/pps

CHAD MAYER is an in-house attorney with the AOPA

Legal Services Plan and an active private pilot.

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