Corporate Aviation

Jenner & Block’s Aviation and Aerospace Practice encompasses the full range of issues affecting corporate aircraft owners and operators.  Some of our clients have large flight departments, others own a small fractional interest, and still others are major operators of large aircraft.  We help clients manage the broad range of relationships faced by every corporate aircraft operator, owner, charter company, management company, and fixed-base operator.

We provide advice on FAA, DOT, TSA, NTSB, IRS, HAZMAT and state tax issues affecting aircraft operations, and assist our clients in structuring their aircraft transactions and operations to comply with applicable regulations.  We regularly advise clients on: 

  • Purchase, sale and lease transactions
  • Financing
  • Complex ownership and operating structures for aircraft with multiple owners
  • Personal use of company aircraft
  • Commercial contracts
  • Purchase and lease of hangars
  • Completion agreements for large aircraft modifications
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Management arrangements
  • Security
  • Airport access
  • Noise restriction issues

In addition, we defend enforcement actions and handle commercial disputes arising in connection with our clients’ operations.

We have substantial experience addressing the complex business and regulatory issues related to corporate aircraft ownership and operations.  Our lawyers have a thorough understanding of the corporate aviation industry, serve as frequent speakers at aviation conferences, and regularly participate in government and industry advisory groups.  For example, our lawyers are active in NBAA, including in the NBAA’s Regulatory Issues Advisory Group.

The legal and regulatory framework that governs corporate aviation is complex and sometimes arcane.  We help our clients successfully navigate this environment.