Wiley Rein LLP


The Aviation Practice provides regulatory guidance and public policy support to domestic and foreign airlines, charter operators, business aircraft operators, airports, maintenance/repair facilities, aircraft/avionics manufacturers, fixed-based operators, and industry service providers.  We represent our clients before the federal aviation regulators: the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  We advance clients' interests before federal legislators, as well as the administrative agencies.

  • Draft and comment upon federal agency rule-makings affecting clients' business and industries.
  • Advise our clients on the impact of new regulations and compliance with all regulations and agency actions.
  • Represent clients in defense of regulatory enforcement actions before the federal agencies.
  • Structure novel business models for air transportation within a highly regulated environment.
  • Assist airlines in obtaining access to slot-controlled U.S. airports.
  • Support foreign air carriers in obtaining international authority to serve U.S. destinations.
  • Support U.S. carriers in securing rights to serve international locations under international agreements.
  • Assist regulated carriers in opposing or seeking to change U.S. regulatory policies affecting aviation operations.
  • Prepare and file applications and petitions for air service, waivers of restrictions, support, and opposition of petitions.
  • Develop an integrated congressional, executive, and regulatory strategy to reach all stakeholders and decision makers.
  • Build alliances within and across industries to build momentum and consensus for key issues.
  • Develop and disseminate strategic statements and work product to advance our position.
  • Make and support contact with government decision-makers.

Representative Experience

  • Provide low-cost carrier with general counsel services and representation in the sale of aircraft and multiple financing transactions.
  • Represent investment firm in the acquisition and sale of aircraft and U.S. regulatory compliance.