Flying Evaluation Board [F.E.B.]

Our Civilian defense attorneys are best known for military court-martial trial defense and court-martial appellate practice successes. This includes high profile/media involved military justice cases, and other serious military criminal cases that have resulted in dropped charges/cases and acquittals (not guilty of all charges and specifications).

While general court-martial (and sometimes special court-martial or summary court-martial) successes may result in more public recognition, there are many other military adverse actions that these military defense attorneys handle, that can have a dramatic impact on a military member’s career, future, and family.

A Flying Evaluation Board (FEB) is a military board hearing in which a military pilot (helicopter or fixed wing) faces the potential loss of his/her aviation qualification – “losing their wings.” In the Air Force and Army, this hearing process is referred to as a Flying Evaluation Board (FEB). In the Navy, this hearing process is referred to as a Field Naval Aviator Evaluation Board (FNAEB).

This adverse action can result from alleged misconduct, aviation mishap, or alleged violation of aviation rules and regulations. It is an extremely serious adverse action for a military member, and pilot, to face. An FEB can have a significant impact on a military member’s career (promotion and assignments) – and could even lead to administrative discharge/separation, particularly in this time of military drawdowns. Because of this, having an experienced and aggressive defense attorney on your side is absolutely vital in these military cases.

Attorney Richard V. Stevens has handled aviation cases involving the following:

  • F-22 (Raptor): mishap
  • F-15 (Eagle): alleged violation of flying regulations
  • A-10 (Warthog): mishap
  • C-130 (Hercules): mishap
  • T-38 (Talon): alleged violation of flying regulations
  • MC-12W (Liberty): alleged violation of flying regulations
  • T-38 (Talons): various cases alleging training failures and failure to progress
  • T-37 (Tweets): various cases alleging training failures and failure to progress
  • T-6 (Texans): various cases alleging training failures and failure to progress
  • C-21 (Learjet): mishap
  • CH-47 (Chinook): alleged misconduct
  • AH-64 (Apaches): various cases alleging training failures and failure to progress
  • F/A-18 (Super Hornet): alleged training failure and failure to progress​

Our attorneys defend military members facing FEBs, including written responses to the basis for the action, appearing with the military member at his/her formal FEB board hearing, and appealing adverse FEB outcomes. They also represent and defend military pilots facing Accident Investigation Boards (AIB) and Safety Investigation Boards (SIBs) after an aviation or ground mishap. Attorneys Stevens and Spinner are civilian criminal defense attorneys and former military JAG lawyers who exclusively practice military law and defend military members stationed around the world who are facing military trials, disciplinary actions, appeals, adverse actions, board hearings, and investigations.

If you’re facing a military FEB (Flying Evaluation Board), AIB (Accident Investigation Board), or SIB (Safety Investigation Board) don’t hesitate to seek the legal help you’re going to need. For a free initial case consultation, please contact us.

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