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Aircraft & Aviation

Navigating the complexities of aircraft ownership, management, and airplane crash litigation.

Corporate Aircraft Transactions

Gentry Locke represents leasing companies, corporations and individuals in the acquisition, financing, leasing and sale of commercial and corporate aircraft.

Group Chair Bill Gust is active in handling the purchase and sale of fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and regularly advises aircraft owners and aviation companies relative to aircraft purchase, leasing, and FAR Part 91 and Part 135 operations. Our attorneys also help clients implement of their corporate strategies and operational arrangements including:

  • Entity structuring for aircraft ownership
  • Fractional share operations
  • Ground-handling and maintenance agreements
  • Fixed based operators
  • Buy-sell agreements
  • Aircraft partnership agreements
  • Aircraft wet and dry leases, hangar leases, airport premises leases and equipment leases.
  • Aircraft management agreements under Part 91 and 135
  • Aircraft charter operator agreements
  • Aircraft sales and purchase agreements

Aviation Litigation

For more than 20 years, Gentry Locke has successfully represented plaintiffs involved in aircraft accidents and other aviation-related cases involving serious injury/wrongful death. Our experienced team assists both those who come to us directly and those whose attorneys associate with us for our specialized services.

We are known for providing clear thinking amid the post-crash chaos, and we offer in-depth investigation and careful analysis of accident-related data.

We identify the layers of liability that must be analyzed in determining potentially responsible parties. Our experience gives us the ability to navigate the complexities of wrongful death and personal injury claims. In addition, we bring considerable knowledge of the extensive state and federal aviation regulations.

The Chair of this practice group, Matthew Broughton, is an active flyer with an airline transport rating and thousands of hours of flight time in a diverse array of aircraft. As an experienced pilot, he has additional insight into aeronautical and structural issues that can be a factor in aviation accidents. As the stakes are very high in these cases, deep and insightful knowledge can make a difference.

This depth of experience is why plaintiffs and attorneys from around the nation seek our help for aviation law matters.

We encourage you to review our Aviation attorneys’ personal pages for additional information and then contact us to discuss your company’s legal needs.

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