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Rick Durden

Writer, flight instructor, ATP, aviation attorney

Rick Durden is a practicing aviation attorney who holds an ATP Certificate, with a type rating in the Cessna Citation and DC-3, and Commercial privileges for gliders, free balloons and single-engine seaplanes. He is also an instrument and multi-engine flight instructor.

Rick started flying when he was fifteen and became a flight instructor during his freshman year of college. He did a little of everything in aviation to help pay for college and law school including flight instruction, aerial application, and hauling freight. His legal experience includes seven years as an attorney for Cessna in Wichita and fifteen years in private practice where he has repreented pilots, fixed base operators, overhaulers and manufacturers in cases ranging from pilot and mechanic certificate actions against the FAA, general aviation crashes, United Airlines Flight 232 accident in Sioux City, Iowa, to suits arising out of the failure of two satellites launched from the Space Shuttle in 1984 to achieve proper orbit. He is a contributing editor of Aviation Consumer, writes a column for AVweb, the Internet aviation magazine and is a regular contributor to AOPA Pilot, IFR and Pilot (UK) magazines.

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