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Federal Aviation Administration, DOT 

§ 13.233 

(d) Appeal briefs. A party shall file the 

appeal brief with the FAA decision-
maker and shall serve a copy of the ap-
peal brief on each party. 

(1) A party shall set forth, in detail, 

the party’s specific objections to the 
initial decision or rulings in the appeal 
brief. A party also shall set forth, in 
detail, the basis for the appeal, the rea-
sons supporting the appeal, and the re-
lief requested in the appeal. If the 
party relies on evidence contained in 
the record for the appeal, the party 
shall specifically refer to the pertinent 
evidence contained in the transcript in 
the appeal brief. 

(2) The FAA decisionmaker may dis-

miss an appeal, on the FAA decision-
maker’s own initiative or upon motion 
of any other party, where a party has 
filed a notice of appeal but fails to per-
fect the appeal by timely filing an ap-
peal brief with the FAA decisionmaker. 

(e)  Reply brief. Unless otherwise 

agreed by the parties, any party may 
file a reply brief with the FAA deci-
sionmaker not later than 35 days after 
the appeal brief has been served on 
that party. The party filing the reply 
brief shall serve a copy of the reply 
brief on each party. If the party relies 
on evidence contained in the record for 
the reply, the party shall specifically 
refer to the pertinent evidence con-
tained in the transcript in the reply 

(1)  Extension of time by agreement of 

the parties. The parties may agree to 
extend the time for filing a reply brief 
with the consent of the FAA decision-
maker. If the FAA decisionmaker 
grants an extension of time to file the 
reply brief, the appellate docket clerk 
shall serve a letter confirming the ex-
tension of time on each party. 

(2)  Written motion for extension. If the 

parties do not agree to an extension of 
time for filing a reply brief, a party de-
siring an extension of time may file a 
written motion for an extension with 
the FAA decisionmaker and shall serve 
a copy of the motion on each party. 
The FAA decisionmaker may grant an 
extension if good cause for the exten-
sion is shown in the motion. 

(f)  Other briefs. The FAA decision-

maker may allow any person to submit 
an amicus curiae brief in an appeal of an 
initial decision. A party may not file 

more than one appeal brief or reply 
brief. A party may petition the FAA 
decisionmaker, in writing, for leave to 
file an additional brief and shall serve 
a copy of the petition on each party. 
The party may not file the additional 
brief with the petition. The FAA deci-
sionmaker may grant leave to file an 
additional brief if the party dem-
onstrates good cause for allowing addi-
tional argument on the appeal. The 
FAA decisionmaker will allow a rea-
sonable time for the party to file the 
additional brief. 

(g) Number of copies. A party shall file 

the original appeal brief or the original 
reply brief, and two copies of the brief, 
with the FAA decisionmaker. 

(h)  Oral argument. The FAA decision-

maker has sole discretion to permit 
oral argument on the appeal. On the 
FAA decisionmaker’s own initiative or 
upon written motion by any party, the 
FAA decisionmaker may find that oral 
argument will contribute substantially 
to the development of the issues on ap-
peal and may grant the parties an op-
portunity for oral argument. 

(i)  Waiver of objections on appeal. If a 

party fails to object to any alleged 
error regarding the proceedings in an 
appeal or a reply brief, the party 
waives any objection to the alleged 
error. The FAA decisionmaker is not 
required to consider any objection in 
an appeal brief or any argument in the 
reply brief if a party’s objection is 
based on evidence contained on the 
record and the party does not specifi-
cally refer to the pertinent evidence 
from the record in the brief. 

(j) FAA decisionmaker’s decision on ap-

peal.  The FAA decisionmaker will re-
view the record, the briefs on appeal, 
and the oral argument, if any, when 
considering the issues on appeal. The 
FAA decisionmaker may affirm, mod-
ify, or reverse the initial decision, 
make any necessary findings, or may 
remand the case for any proceedings 
that the FAA decisionmaker deter-
mines may be necessary. 

(1) The FAA decisionmaker may raise 

any issue, on the FAA decisionmaker’s 
own initiative, that is required for 
proper disposition of the proceedings. 
The FAA decisionmaker will give the 
parties a reasonable opportunity to 
submit arguments on the new issues 

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