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The Aviation Attorneys’ Group at Cooling & Herbers, P.C. has in-depth experience to assist you in negotiating the purchase or lease of aircraft or an airline; evaluate and make recommendations regarding tax questions or product liability exposure; advise you on aircraft and operating insurance needs; represent your interests in the certification of aircraft, operations or pilots; or, should it ever be necessary, defend your company against liability claims.

Our group of aviation attorneys includes FAA licensed pilots and over 60 years combined experience in aviation law. Our group includes a former FAA counsel; a former member of the NBAA Board of Directors and the NBAA Regulatory Committee; past President of the Board of Directors of the Aviation Insurance Association; a contributing editor of Flight Training magazine; a former member of the Board of Editors of The Journal of Air Law and Commerce; a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Legal Advisory Council; a former experimental test pilot; the former chairman of the Aviation, Space and Transportation Law Committee of the Missouri Bar; members of the Aviation and Space Law Committee of the American Bar Association; members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; members of the National Transportation Safety Bar Association; and the National Air Transportation Association.


The firm has represented clients from Australia to Argentina and Los Angeles to London and Paris. We have attorneys who are knowledgeable and experienced in international aviation transactions.

Consider our experience:

Aircraft Acquisition, Leasing and Operations

Negotiation, purchase and sale of corporate aircraft for Fortune 500 companies
Aviation counsel to corporate legal departments regarding FAA and IRS considerations
Negotiation, purchase and leaseback of transport category aircraft for Part 135 charter operators and corporate users
Aviation counsel to publicly held, diversified flight services companies on governmental compliance, flight operation, ground support services, environmental compliance, military contract procurement and performance


Trial defense of aircraft, avionics, and aircraft component manufacturers
Defense of airport equipment manufacturers


Declaratory judgment actions and defense of bad faith claims on aviation policy exclusions, warranties and other aviation insurance issues
Trial defense of aviation insurance fraud claims and lienholder actions
Re-insurance issues.
Defense of negligence claims against major airlines and commuter airlines, FBO’s, pilots, air ambulance and other commercial operators and airport security services
Defense of environmental insurers arising out of airport operationsr


Negotiation of Part 121, 125 and 135 certification process with FAA personnel Representation of pilots, operators and maintenance facilities before the FAA and the NTSB