Aviation

Paul A. Lange personally oversees the Law Offices of Paul A. Lange, LLC’s aviation practice. Central to our aviation practice is our extensive regulatory experience, which allows us to surpass our competitors in aviation business and aviation accident litigation simply because we spend so much time working with industry and government groups in the development of FAA handbooks, orders, policies and regulations, as well as defending clients in FAA enforcement litigation.

A sample of our aviation matters includes:

  • litigating a variety of matters aimed at protecting airports nationwide, including representing a local business aviation association in litigation seeking to preclude the building of a shopping center within the Runway Protection Zone at a Long Island airport and obtaining an injunction to prevent the United States Army from closing the sale of property adjacent to a Connecticut airport which, if sold, as agreed in the contract between the Army and the developer, would have forced the closure of the largest FBO at the airport;
  • defending certificate holders worldwide in FAA enforcement proceedings, including emergency proceedings;
  • obtaining favorable decisions in the area of federal preemption that have been cited by numerous courts around the country and by presenters at noteworthy national conferences. See e.g., Aldana v. Air East Airways, Inc. and Mangini v. Cessna;
  • counseling certificate holders in matters relating to regulatory compliance, including representing a major manufacturer of civilian and military helicopters with respect to a variety of FAA investigations and enforcement actions relating to their production approval (PAH), part manufacturing authority (PMA), and Part 145 repair station certificates;
  • defending multi-district and complex multi jurisdictional litigation arising from aviation accidents, including representing a helicopter sightseeing operator in the 2009 Hudson River midair collision litigation;
  • litigating FBO lease disputes nationwide where FAA airport grant assurances and FAA Part 16 actions play a significant role;
  • providing representation in NTSB investigations following aircraft accidents and incidents, including a July 2007 accident in which a full sightseeing helicopter successfully auto-rotated into the Hudson River after experiencing in-flight separation of a section of one of the main rotor blades;
  • recovering in excess of $6,000,000 for insurers in subrogation actions against a helicopter manufacturer and its component part suppliers when design and manufacturing defects caused multiple accidents around the world; and
  • defending a variety of general aviation aircraft component part manufacturers in New York and throughout the northeast from claims of defective design, defective manufacture and failure to warn claims, including those involving the manufacture of aircraft piston engine air filters; and representing aviation businesses in select transactional matters.