Hawaii Aviation Resources

­­­Aviation Law Hawaii

The aviation attorneys at the law firm of Slack & Davis know that aviation in Hawaii is an important and ever-changing topic that is relevant to all of the state’s resident. Hawaii, comprised of a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean, is the most recent state to join the union, and one of only two states not in the contiguous United States. There are eight “main” Hawaiian Islands: Hawai’i (commonly known as the Big Island), O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Ni’ihau, and Kaho’olawe. Of those, only the Big Island, O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i, and to a lesser extent, Moloka’i and Lana’i, play host to significant tourist activity. All of this tourist activity means more flying, which in turns increases the risk of airplane accidents, aviation law infractions, and other legal challenges that may require the services of an aviation lawyer.

Not all of the main islands see a great deal of air travel: The island of Ni’ihau, also known as the “Forbidden Isle,” is generally off-limits to all but government officials, military personnel, relatives of the island’s owners, and invited guests. It has a population numbering only in the hundreds. The island of Kaho’olawe is completely uninhabited, as the U.S. military used it as a bombing range during World War II, giving it the nickname “the Target Isle”.

While the islands of Hawaii are accessible by boat, the most efficient way to reach the islands from the mainland, and vice versa, as well as to travel from island to island is by plane. Due to the extraordinarily high numbers of tourists who visit Hawaii every year from all over the world, as well as the permanent residents who travel between the islands for work or for recreation, air travel is an enormous part of Hawaiian life. Of course, this means that aviation law Hawaii is similarly important, as knowing the letter of the law can prevent pilots from incurring costly fines and fees, as well as preventing potentially fatal aviation accidents. There are many Hawaiian aviation laws that an aviation accident lawyer can help you keep track of, thereby preventing you from committing unintentional infractions.

Since 1993, the law firm of Slack & Davis has been providing high quality legal services in the area of aviation law. Whether you’re seeking compensation for a plane or helicopter crash or simply need guidance regarding aviation law, our Hawaii aviation accident attorneys can provide you with the help you seek. Contact us today at 800-455-8686 for an evaluation of your case.

Hawaii Aviation Lawyers

Aviation law can be a challenging practice area for attorneys who lack specific experience in it, and to the layperson, its nuances may seem baffling. That’s why it’s important to seek the services of knowledgeable Hawaii aviation accident lawyers, whether you’ve lost a loved one in a plane or helicopter crash, survived a crash yourself, or simply own an aircraft and want to stay up to date on the latest laws and ordinances.

It is important for every pilot flying an aircraft within the state to understand Hawaiian aviation law, both for their safety and the safety of their passengers, and to avoid fines, fees and even possible criminal charges. Even amateur pilots who do not work for a major commercial airline or even a charter company are subject to these rules and regulations.

One recent example of how Honolulu aviation lawyers could have helped a pilot avoid an unfortunate legal misstep occurred in November 2013, when Rob Moore – a pilot and the president of the General Aviation Council of Hawaii, no less – was issued a citation by state transportation officials for keeping a golf cart in his hangarat Honolulu International Airport.

Despite the fact that Mr. Moore had previously been granted permission by airport management to use the golf cart to transport his aircraft onto the ramp, a recent crackdown meant that inspectors had begun to cite tenants for any item found inside of a hangar that was not part of an actual aircraft. Fortunately, skilled aviation attorneys helped Mr. Moore, and other tenants who received similar citations, convert their potential felonies to mere fines. Without legal assistance, however, it is entirely possible that a simple oversight could have put careers in peril by giving otherwise responsible and law-abiding pilots a criminal record.

Bills that would seek to decriminalize such offenses, including airport hangar violations, are currently moving through state legislature.

To learn more about aviation laws in the state of Hawaii and how they could affect you if you own or operate an aircraft within the state, contact the aviation lawyers at Slack & Davis at 800-455-8686 today.

Plane Crashes Hawaii

Plane crashes Hawaii are, sadly, a regular occurrence, given the high incidence of air travel into and out of the state, as well as between the various islands that comprise the state itself. Plane and helicopter crashes can be caused by pilot error, air traffic controller error, poor flying conditions, and other factors. Slack & Davis has been handling plane crash cases for more than 20 years, including many incidents within the state of Hawaii. Some of these cases include:

  • July 2000 – An Aerospatiale AS 355F1 helicopter on a “Blue Hawaii” chartered sightseeing tour crashed in Maui, resulting in 7 casualties. The cause of the crash was found to be adverse weather conditions.
  • March 2007 – A McDonnell Douglas 369FF sightseeing helicopter crashed in Haena, Hawaii, resulting in 5 casualties. The cause of the accident was attributed to mechanical problems, as the helicopter’s tail rotor failed and its gearbox separated from the helicopter during the flight.
  • November 2011 – A helicopter manufactured by American Eurocopter crashed during a Blue Hawaiian sightseeing tour in Molokai, killing all 5 people on board the aircraft, including the pilot. The cause of the accident was found to be weather-related, as the tour was originally planned for Maui, but was changed to Molokai due to inclement weather.

If you have lost a loved one or been seriously injured in an airplane or helicopter accident, contact the airplane crash attorneys at the law firm of Slack & Davis today by phone at 800-455-8686.

Honolulu Aviation Lawyers

Many lawyers claim that they are able to handle aviation cases, but only those with experience in the practice area are actually equipped to do so. Personal injury or wrongful death cases related to plane and helicopter crashes can be difficult, in that they may involve untangling the web of the accident in order to discover exactly what went wrong, and many different defendants may be named in one case. Honolulu aviation lawyers can help you navigate these challenges while at the same time handling your case with sensitivity, compassion, and tact.

Beyond just crashes and accidents, aviation attorneys can also provide guidance to pilots who want to avoid fees, fines and even possible criminal action for violating laws that they may not even be aware of. At Slack & Davis, our lawyers have more than two decades of experience in the area of aviation law. Call today at 800-455-8686 to learn more about how our lawyers can help you stay on top of the law and avoid expensive – or even dangerous – mistakes.

Hawaii Aviation Law Firm

To many, Hawaii is paradise on earth. But sometimes, whether due to negligence, error, or a simple mechanical failure, plane and helicopter crashes can turn that paradise into the site of an unspeakable tragedy. Air crashes, including planes and helicopters, can be attributed to many different factors. These may include:

  • Pilot error
  • Air traffic controller error
  • Maintenance worker error
  • Mechanical failure
  • Poor weather conditions/icing

Due to the high incidence of plane and helicopter crashes in Hawaii, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recently begun to escalate its investigations of the causes behind such accidents and collisions, with an eye toward increasing the safety of air travel for all passengers and pilots. For instance, the FAA and the NTSB are jointly investigating the cause of a near-collision between two commercial airplanes that almost crashed north of Hawaii in February 2014. The narrowly averted disaster has been attributed to error on the part of air traffic controllers, but more information as to how the error happened is needed. Although no one was hurt, if the planes had indeed collided, it would likely have been the deadliest plane crash on record, with nearly 600 passengers onboard.

To learn more about how you can achieve justice if you have lost a family member in a deadly plane crash, contact the aviation lawyers at Slack & Davis. For a no-commitment evaluation of your case, call today at 800-455-8686.

Charter Planes Hawaii

Chartered planes and helicopters offer a fast, efficient way to travel to Hawaii from the mainland of the United States, to the mainland from Hawaii, and between the Hawaiian Islands themselves. Chartering a plane is a favorite mode of transport for those who have busy schedules that require covering a great deal of ground, including celebrities, politicians, professional athletes, and executives. Chartered plane tours are also offered to tourists in sightseeing and/or “island-hopping” packages.

Unfortunately, charter planes Hawaii can also be dangerous, or even deadly. Pilots may feel financial pressure to honor commitments to their customers even when it is inadvisable to do so because of poor weather, poorly maintained aircraft, or other factors that make flying hazardous.

Have you been a victim of an accident, or lost a family member in a charter aircraft crash? If so, you have rights. To learn more, contact the aviation lawyers of Slack & Davis today at 800-455-8686 for more information.