Aviation Legal Matters  

Office of General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel advises, assists and represents the Safety Board in support of its activities relating to transportation safety; and as sole legal advisor, has responsibility for determining legal policy for the agency.
Opinions & Orders:
The NTSB serves as the "court of appeals" for any airman, mechanic or mariner whenever certificate action is taken by the Federal Aviation Administration or the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, or when civil penalties are assessed by the FAA. 

Process for Filing an Appeal

Denial of Medical Certification

Case Processing Tips

Directory of U.S. Courts of Appeals

Jurisdiction: 49 U.S.C. § 1133 
  • Rules of Practice in Air Safety Proceedings: 49 C.F.R. Part 821

  • Subpart A - General Provisions
    Subpart B - General Rules Applicable to Petitions for Review, Appeals to the Board, and Appeals from Initial Decisions
    Subpart C - Special Rules Applicable to Processings Under Section 602(b) of the Act
    Subpart D - Special Rules Applicable to Proceedings Under Section 609 of the Act
    Subpart E- Law Judges
    Subpart F - Hearings
    Subpart G- Initial Decision
    Subpart H - Appeals from Initial Decisions
    Subpart I- Rules Applicable to Emergency Proceedings
    Subpart J - Ex Parte Communications
    Subpart K - Judicial Review of Board Orders

  • Rules of Procedure for Merchant Marine from Decisions of the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard: 49 C.F.R. Part 825

  • Rules Implementing the Equal Access to Justice Act of 1980: 49 CFR Part 826

  • Subpart A - General Provisions
    Subpart B - Information Required from Applicants
    Subpart C - Procedures for Considering Applications

  • Testimony of Board Employees: 49 CFR Part 835

  • Section 1 - Purpose
    Section 2 - Definitions
    Section 3 - Scope of permissible testimony
    Section 4 - Use of reports
    Section 5 - Manner in which testimony is given
    Section 6 - Request for testimony
    Section 7 - Testimony of former employees
    Section 8 - Procedure in the event of a subpoena
    Section 9 - Testimony in State or local investigations

  • Production of Records in Legal Proceedings: 49 CFR Part 837

  • Section 1 - Purpose and scope
    Section 2 - Applicability
    Section 3 - Published reports, material contained in the public accident investigation dockets, and accident database data.
    Section 4 - Other material

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