Calfee’s Aviation group is experienced in multiple practice areas that impact aviation industry clients, 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.
Calfee defends pilots, fixed-base operators, flight schools, airports, maintenance facilities, and other businesses involved in the aviation industry that may be faced with civil litigation.
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.
Aviation Business Counseling
Our attorneys have experience across the board when it comes to aviation business counseling. For example, we have assisted in forming entities to own aircraft and operate flight schools and maintenance facilities, revise operating agreements, and negotiate fuel contracts with and for airport authorities.
FAA Enforcement Actions
Our attorneys regularly defend pilots, Part 121 and 135 operators, and others facing letters of investigation, suspension revocation of operating certificate or assessments of civil penalties.
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 the maze of regulatory compliance.
Calfee is fully versed in environmental compliance related to airport operations, aviation manufacturing facilities, and defense of enforcement matters related to the aviation industry. These matters range from refueling and de-icing operations at larger airports, to compliance matters at smaller regional and local airports. Calfee’s extensive experience in environmental permitting allows us to evaluate the compliance status of a facility and proactively address concerns that might be raised by regulatory agencies.
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 has formalized 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 UAS certification concerns.
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.