Alaska Aviation Resources

Aviation Law Alaska

At the law offices of Slack Davis Sanger, we understand how crucial air travel is to the state of Alaska. Alaska, located in the extreme northwest of the continent, is the largest state in the nation, and has one of the lowest population densities. Anchorage is Alaska’s most highly populated city, accounting for nearly half of the state’s total population, which numbers below 800,000. Alaska is in a geographically remote location, it has a sparse population and more than 80% of its communities are not accessible by road, such as Nome, which is located on the state’s western coast. All of these factors make air travel the most efficient form of transportation in the state of Alaska. Because of this fact, aviation law is vitally important to pilots, passengers, and aircraft owners within the state. From normal everyday operation to aviation accidents, these laws are an integral part of owning or flying in an aircraft.

Aviation law is a highly specialized and intricate practice area with constantly changing laws that requires attorneys with specific experience and knowhow. Established in 1993, Slack Davis Sanger has been providing high quality legal representation in the area of aviation law for more than 20 years. Whether you’re seeking compensation for a plane or helicopter crash or simply need guidance regarding the letter of the law, our Alaska aviation attorneys can provide you with the help you seek. Contact us today at 800-455-8686 for a free case evaluation.

Alaska Aviation Lawyers

Given the large number of civilian pilots in Alaska – the most in any state – and the high number of plane and helicopter accidents, there are many rules and regulations governing Alaskan air travel. These laws, which can at times seem overwhelming and confusing to many civilian pilots, are intended to make air travel as safe as possible and we can aid in understanding and following them. Examples of such laws are:

  • No pilot may fly within the state unless he or she is carrying emergency equipment and supplies, including a two-week supply of food for each passenger, a first aid kit, matches, and a pistol, revolver, shotgun or rifle with ammunition. Additional supplies are required for winter travel between October and April.
  • For pilots flying in to Alaska from Canada or any other out of state location, it is necessary to directly notify Customs of an intention to land and the expected time of arrival. Failure to provide adequate notice to Customs may result in a penalty for the pilot.
  • According to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the law states that “An owner or operator of an aircraft or watercraft is not liable for the civil damages of a person being transported in the owners or operators aircraft or watercraft if the aircraft or watercraft is not being used for commercial purposes.”

For more information on Alaskan aviation law and how it affects you if you own, operate or even board an aircraft within the state, contact the Alaska aviation lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger today at 800-455-8686 for more information.

Air Travel Alaska

Due to the prevalence of air travel Alaska and the frequently difficult flying conditions, including rain, snow, ice and subsequent poor visibility, plane and helicopter crashes are an unfortunate and, at times, tragic fact of life. Slack Davis Sanger has handled many different cases within the state, including:

  • November 1992 – A Beechcraft King Air B200 flown by the Alaska Army National Guard crashed in Juneau, Alaska, resulting in 8 casualties. The crash was attributed to pilot error. Slack Davis Sanger achieved a confidential settlement on behalf of five families in 2002.
  • September 1996 – A Bell 206B charter helicopter crashed due to low visibility in North Slope, Alaska, resulting in 1 casualty.
  • June 1999 – A Eurocopter AS 350BA helicopter that was taking cruise ship passengers on a sightseeing tour collided with a glacier in Juneau, Alaska, resulting in 7 casualties.
  • October 2001 – A Bell 206L charter helicopter crashed in Anchorage, Alaska, resulting in 5 casualties. The cause of the collision was attributed to the pilot flying too low in poor conditions, including falling snow, whiteout/grayout conditions and low ceilings.
  • October 2001 – A Cessna 208B charter flight crashed on takeoff in Dillingham, Alaska due to ice contamination, resulting in 10 casualties.

For more information on how to proceed if you have lost a loved one or sustained an injury in an aviation accident, contact an airplane crash attorney at Slack Davis Sanger at 800-455-8686 today.

Anchorage Aviation Attorneys

It can be difficult for pilots to keep up with all of the latest aviation laws, especially since these laws are constantly changing. In addition to federal regulations, Alaska also has its own state-specific aviation laws, and pilots and aircraft owners are subject to fines and penalties if they violate these laws. Many pilots and aircraft owners are not aware they are going against Alaska state aviation laws until they receive a hefty fine for doing so. For this reason, it is valuable to have an aviation accident attorney on call who can help you stay abreast of the latest developments in state and federal aviation law.

At Slack Davis Sanger, our aviation accident lawyers can offer that help. Call today at 800-455-8686 to learn more about how our legal team can help you avoid costly fines, fees, penalties and citations.

Airplane Crashes Alaska

Each year hundreds of plane crashes occur, and many of these plane crashes involve fatalities or serious bodily injury. Plane crashes can occur anywhere, but the incidence of plane and helicopter accidents in Alaska is particularly high, with 89 airplane and helicopter accidents occurring in 2013 and 72 in 2014. Statistics indicate that rates of aviation accidents necessitating an aviation accident lawyer in Alaska are twice as high as the national average, due to higher overall incidence of air travel, a greater number of civilian pilots, poor weather conditions, and other factors. These accidents often leave the victims or loved ones feeling lost and confused by the many aviation laws that govern them. But there is help available to the families of victims who perish in airplane crashes, and a trained and skilled airplane crash lawyer can guide you through the law to help you get the compensation you are entitled to.

Many factors contribute to airplane crashes, including pilot error, negligence on the part of the pilot or maintenance workers, air traffic control error, unsafe flying conditions (including inclement weather), defective aircraft parts, or poor aircraft design. Litigation involving airplane crashes usually involves several different defendants, and establishing the cause of the crash can be challenging, further highlighting the need for experienced aviation attorneys.

The law firm of Slack Davis Sanger has successfully handled many different kinds of cases involving plane crashes. For an evaluation of your case, call today at 800-455-8686 to learn more about the legal options available to you.

Charter Plane Travel

Since air travel comprises such a large part of transportation in the state of Alaska, charter plane flights are commonplace. Chartering a plane means to hire a pilot specifically to transport you from one place to another, rather than booking a commercial air flight. Charter plane travel is popular with executives, performers, athletes, government officials, and tourists. In fact, many travel companies in Alaska offer charter plane and helicopter trips to tourists who are visiting the state and wish to take in some of Alaska’s natural wonders, many of which are well off the beaten path. Gates of the Arctic National Park, for example, is just one of those natural wonders that is only accessible by foot, snowmobile, or charter plane. Unfortunately, charter plane travel can be particularly dangerous, especially because pilots often feel pressured to maintain flight schedules despite poor weather conditions, or without performing proper maintenance ahead of time.

Another reason why charter plane travel can be particularly hazardous is due to the fact that some pilots risk flying in an overloaded aircraft, despite their better judgment. These lapses in judgment can lead to serious and often fatal aviation accidents.

As a victim of an accident or a victim’s family member, whether the crash was caused by poor maintenance, pilot error or poor weather conditions, you have rights. To better understand these rights and the compensation you are entitled to, contact the airplane crash lawyers of Slack Davis Sanger right away. Call today at 800-455-8686 for more information.

What is the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act?

The Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act was a law passed by the United States Congress in 1996 following a TWA crash that killed 230 people. Essentially, this law mandates the respectful treatment of people who lose family members in an airline accident.

Key points of the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act include:

  1. Airlines must offer crisis counseling services, hotel accommodations, food, and transportation to and from the crash site to the families of the deceased following a fatal crash.
  2. Airlines are required to help family members obtain X-rays and dental records in order to confirm the identity of the crash victims.
  3. Airlines must allow family members adequate time to alert other relatives, friends, and loved ones before victims’ names are released to the media.
  4. Attorneys are prohibited from contacting the family members’ of the victims, or anyone personally injured in a crash themselves, regarding the possibility of a wrongful death or personal injury action until at least 45 days after the date of the accident.

At the law firm of Slack Davis Sanger, we respect the needs of plane crash survivors and the families of those killed in aviation accidents. Our experienced aviation attorneys understand that compassion, privacy and sensitivity are required, and we will never violate the rules set forth by the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act. To reach out to our legal team for further assistance, please contact us immediately at 800-455-8686 to learn more about your options.