Aviation Law

Calfee’s Aviation group practices within seven areas of the aviation industry, including litigation and general business with matters ranging from employment disputes to entity formation, which affect a gamut of professionals within the aviation industry. Calfee attorneys have experience with and assist pilots, airports, airlines, fixed based operators, insurers, and other aviation entities with negligence claims and administrative enforcement actions to transactional matters such as purchases, sales, and fractional ownership of aircraft, among other issues.

Defense Litigation
Calfee defends professional and amateur pilots, fixed-base operators, flight schools, airports, insurers, and other businesses involved in the aviation industry that may be in the midst of civil litigation.

FAA Enforcement Actions
Our attorneys regularly defend pilots and operators facing letters of investigation, revocations or assessments of penalties.

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Regulatory Compliance
The aviation industry is built upon a vast and complex regulatory framework. We stay abreast of regulatory changes and work with pilots, airports, operators and business owners to navigate matters of regulatory compliance.

UAS (“Drone”) Operations
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as “drones,” have grown in popularity over the past several years. At the same time, local, state, and federal agencies are working to put regulatory standards and safety requirements in place to protect the public. As the FAA starts to formalize the regulatory framework for UAS, operators for business or personal purposes must be aware of what the FAA deems safe and legal operation of UAS within airspace. We have assisted in the Section 333 exemption process in addition to providing counsel on more traditional business formation concerns.

Aviation Business Counseling
Our attorneys have experience across the board when it comes to aviation business counseling. For example, we have assisted in the formation of an entity to own an aircraft, the revision of operating agreements, and negotiation of fuel contracts with airport authorities.

Aircraft Transactions
With many ways to purchase or sell an aircraft, each transaction is unique. Whether our client is a corporate flight department looking to add aircraft to the fleet or a first-time buyer looking to purchase a single airplane, we are experienced in assisting clients through the entire transaction.

Flying Club Organization
Flying clubs are an attractive and affordable option for groups of pilots to purchase an aircraft for recreational or business purposes. Proper planning and organization of a club is key to ensuring regulatory compliance and to increase protection from liabilities.

Additionally, we have the experience and resources to protect the interests of our clients if litigation should arise. Our attorneys work to minimize the impact of litigation and achieve optimal outcomes for our clients by taking a hands-on approach that involves counseling and keeping our clients informed throughout every step of the process.