Aviation law is a tricky business, often involving huge sums of money, detailed contracts and compliance with countless regulations.
Simpson Millar fully understands the complexities involved, and is on-hand to help you navigate through them, every step of the way.
Whether it’s the purchase or sale of a commercial aircraft or private jet, group ownership, financing, escrow or an insurance matter, our Legal 500 recommended Aviation Solicitors can provide friendly, expert legal advice, ensuring a smooth and pain-free process.
For initial legal advice get in touch with our Aviation Solicitors.
Aviation Law Services
Our Aviation Solicitors fully recognise the challenges faced by the aviation industry.
We’re aware of the ever-changing aviation landscape – rising fuel costs, tighter controls around drones etc. With each new challenge, we’re here to guide you through.
Through our friendly, approachable service, we’re fully equipped to provide assistance across the broad spectrum of aviation law, in areas including:
- Aircraft Sale, Purchase or Finance
- Escrow Service
- Report on Title
- Group Ownership
- Aircraft Leasing
- Insurance Issues
- Aircraft Accident Claims
- Aircraft Personal Injury Claims
- Aviation-related Litigation/Dispute Resolution
- Defence of Prosecutions/Reviews
- Judicial Reviews
- Legal Opinions
- Business Sale/Purchase/Lease/Agreements
- Employment Law
Our specialist Aviation Solicitors are recommended in the Legal 500 for their aviation expertise.
Q What are the laws around owning and flying unmanned aircraft and drones?
A The Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO) is the primary document for all aviation regulations within the UK. However, for aircraft with a mass of 20kg or less (small unmanned aircraft) a set of simpler regulations exist. These state that:
- You’re are responsible for flying your drone in a safe manner
- You must keep the drone in your direct sight at all times while it is flying, so that you can ensure that it doesn’t not collide with anything, especially other aircraft
- You mustn’t endanger anyone, or anything with your drone, including any articles that you drop from it
- You mustn’t fly more than 400ft above the surface
- You mustn’t fly within the Flight Restriction Zone of a protected aerodrome
- If your drone weights more than 7kg, additional rules apply if you fly in certain types of airspace.
Q What is Escrow?
A Sometimes you need a third party in a sales agreement, who is neither the buyer or seller, to hold onto something of value. This helps make the transaction safer by ensuring that both the buyer and seller meet their obligations.
Q Who is the main regulatory aviation body in the UK?
A The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The CAA works so that:
- The aviation industry meets the highest safety standards
- Consumers have choice, value for money, are protected and treated fairly when they fly
- Through efficient use of airspace, the environmental impact of aviation on local communities is effectively managed and CO2 emissions are reduced
- The aviation industry manages security risks effectively.
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