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Aviation Law

Aviation Law

The aviation law practice at Norris Choplin Schroeder LLP is comprehensive, encompassing resolution of both commercial and individual legal issues involving airports, aircraft owners, fixed base operators, pilots, certified flight instructors, mechanics, air transportation companies, aviation business organizations, and the purchase and sale of general aviation aircraft. We also address insurance coverage disputes, as well as issues in NTSB and FAA hearings and investigations.   

Lead attorneys in the firm’s aviation law practice include active general aviation pilots with combined flight experience that exceeds 10,000 hours. Our practical insight and experience help us to better understand the needs of our aviation clients at all levels. 

We are experienced in aviation tort litigation both as plaintiff and defense counsel and are well versed in navigating the numerous federal and state laws and regulations that impact the aviation industry for the benefit of our clients. 

Our representative experience includes consulting and/or litigating in these areas: 

  • Aerial overspray claims (personal injury and property damage)
  • Aircraft hull, paint stripping, and repaint claims
  • Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic, overhaul, and/or maintenance claims
  • Airline claims (personal injury and baggage)
  • Airport claims (personal injury, property damage and contract claims)
  • Airport hangar liability claims
  • Assessment of airport federal and municipal law issues
  • Aviation-related non-party production responses.
  • Aviation-related subrogation claims
  • Aviation-related worker’s compensation claims
  • Aviation-related wrongful death claims
  • Contract of Carriage claims
  • FAR Part 91 vs. Part 135 claims.
  • General aviation aircraft sales and purchases
  • General aviation crashes and investigations
  • General aviation helicopter crashes and investigations
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Montreal Convention claims
  • Misfuelling claims
  • NTSB report analysis
  • Onsite crash investigations
  • Warsaw Convention claims

NCS Aviation Law Attorneys


Robert A. Duncan

Of Counsel


Scott A. Harkness



Matthew W. Melton



Richard L. Norris

Of Counsel