Nelson Mullins employs a skilled group of aviation lawyers. Our team's experience ranges from counseling a multitude of aviation entities such as aircraft maintenance companies, major air carriers, certificated repair stations, and fixed-based operators. In addition, our attorneys regularly advise aircraft lenders, lessors, lessees, investors, partnerships, insurers, manufacturers, and brokers with domestic and international transactional issues. As a result, our group is experienced in handling issues specific to the aviation industry such as federal safety and commercial regulation, litigation defense, financing, air operations, procurement, and maintenance. Our team includes seasoned trial lawyers, attorney-pilots, former in-house attorneys for a major air carrier, and a major manufacturer. Examples of recent projects include the following:

  • Representation of manufacturers with respect to products-liability issues relating to aircraft and their components
  • Structuring, negotiation, and execution of aircraft commercial transactions
  • Recordation and registration of aircraft transaction documentation
  • Export Certificates of Airworthiness compliance advice
  • Preparation of commercial documentation for aircraft maintenance companies and FAA-certificated repair stations
  • Representation of FAR Part 121 and Part 135 carriers, other operators and avionics hardware/software companies
  • Defense of air-disaster claims and related injury actions
  • Structuring of operating arrangements for corporate aircraft within FAR Part 91 and its safe harbors, including dry and wet aircraft leases
  • Certification, licensing, regulation, and management of airports and airport-related facilities and services
  • Organization and licensing of freight-forwarding enterprises
  • Aviation insurance and reinsurance arrangements, artisan's lien enforcement, joint and fractional ownership and management arrangements, aircraft tax-deferred exchanges, hangar leases, and pilot services arrangements
  • Defense of air carriers and their employees in DOT, FAA, and TSA enforcement actions including mechanic and pilot certificate actions and significant air carrier civil penalty actions
  • Representation of parties in NTSB investigations
  • Representation of emerging entities in the Very Light Jet (VLJ) and air taxi industries
  • Structuring of training and maintenance agreements within FAR Part 142 and Part 145