The aviation industry is confronted by local, national and international laws and regulations, and by a myriad of issues arising in relation to proprietary rights and interests, debtor/creditor disputes, taxes, insurance, and commercial and other matters.

The industry includes OEMs, commercial and private operators, financing parties, lessors, MROs, insurers, industry associations, regulators, brokers, a mixture of other service providers, and participants in secondary markets for airframes, engines and parts.

The most effective aviation lawyers possess a broad understanding of the legal complexity and the issues, and provide clients with comprehensive guidance.

Lawyers at Frost Brown Todd are engaged in the industry daily. Drawing on a wealth of experience, including service as in-house counsel to major international aviation OEMs and financing organizations, our lawyers "connect the dots" and provide the guidance that aviation clients require.

Whom We Advise

Frost Brown Todd represents clients in both commercial and business aviation and handles a full range of matters, including transactions, litigation, and regulatory compliance.

Representative Capabilities

Our lawyers provide counsel on U.S. and cross-border matters, including:

  • Aircraft and engine leasing, including cross-border and leveraged leases
  • Secured financing
  • Parts supplier agreements
  • Litigation arising from incidents and accidents
  • Airline and supplier bankruptcies and workouts
  • Spare parts transactions and facilities
  • Aircraft and engine sales
  • Consignment arrangements
  • Mechanics lien issues
  • Aircraft maintenance agreements
  • Engine maintenance agreements and programs
  • Charter agreements
  • Government (ECA) and manufacturer-supported finance transactions
  • Freighter conversion programs
  • FAA regulatory matters

Industry Highlights

  • Litigation: Successful defense of helicopter engine manufacturer against wrongful death claim in Indiana, at trial and appellate levels, including the Indiana Supreme Court, in case that raised issues of first impression and made new law with respect to the forum non conveniens defense.
  • Supply chain: General Terms Agreements for sourcing of aircraft-related products and services with suppliers worldwide, including airframe and engine overhaul and maintenance services and aircraft equipment (e.g., avionics, in-flight entertainment systems, aircraft seats).
  • Complex cross-border matters:
    • Purchase of aircraft, together with arrangements for teardown of airframes and resale of engines and parts, taking account of cross-border issues, including taxes and customs compliance.
    • Purchase/consignment of spare parts inventories, including arrangements for sharing of resale revenues.
    • Recovery of leased engines and workout of claims arising from bankruptcy of European airline.