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Vedder Price is one of the nation’s leading aviation law firms providing legal services to the business aviation industry in every major legal discipline.


Vedder Price has the largest and most experienced aviation transactional, regulatory and finance practices in the world. Vedder Price business aviation attorneys have extensive hands-on experience and expertise in all aspects of business aviation, which makes us unique among our peers. Business aircraft operate in a complex international environment created by an expansive and sometimes inconsistent regulatory regime, including the FAA, DOT, IRS, SEC, EU and state and local taxing authorities—the regulations of which are subject to frequent and significant change.


Receiving guidance from advisors who are experienced in dealing with business aviation issues is critical, as there are many “traps for the unwary” that may arise in connection with financing, owning and operating a business aircraft. Vedder Price attorneys routinely assist clients with the following:


  • Aircraft ownership structures, purchase/sale negotiations and documentationBroker agreements
  • Aircraft registration matters
  • Aircraft leasing and finance
  • Aircraft operations pursuant to FAR Parts 91, 121, 125 and 135
  • Aircraft fractional interests
  • Aircraft management agreements
  • Establishment of corporate flight departments
  • Aircraft use/ownership taxes, depreciation, deductions and federal excise taxes
  • State sales and use taxes
  • Tax-free exchanges of aircraft
  • Personal use of corporate aircraft and related federal tax implications
  • SEC disclosure compliance and aggregate incremental value analysis
  • Aircraft dry lease agreements related to charter operations
  • Aircraft maintenance and refurbishment agreements
  • FAA, U.S. DOT and TSA regulation matters
  • Engine overhaul agreements