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Aviation Law Certification


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Definition

Aviation law includes all facets of the law dealing with aeronautical and aerospace activities and the ownership, operation, maintenance, and use of aircraft, airports and airspace. It also involves licensing and aeromedical issues encompassed by the Federal Aviation Act and the associated federal aviation regulations promulgated under it. It also includes all facets of the laws dealing with space travel and the use of outer space and all facets of the law dealing with aviation and airline employment.

Summary of Requirements

Minimum standards for aviation law certification, provided in Rule 6-19.3, include:

  • Practice of law for at least five years;
  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of aviation law — 30% or more — during the three years immediately preceding application;
  • 60 hours of approved aviation law certification continuing legal education in the three years immediately preceding application;
  • Peer review; and,
  • A written examination.

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Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Rules) and be sure you have met each of the requirements prior to filing your application. Unless the Rules provide for a waiver of a specific requirement, each of the requirements must be met by the dates indicated in the rule.

Currently Certified?  Recertification Information for 2020

If you were originally certified in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, or 2015 you are due to file your recertification application in 2020. The application for recertification must be postmarked by November 30, 2020. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

The filing period for the initial application opens July 1, 2020. Applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2020. You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2021 exam. If you’re eligible from a previous application, you may file the short application. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.


Resources

Aviation Exam Specifications – updated 9/2019

Examination Format and Scoring

Sample Exam Questions

Study Guide

Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Aviation Law Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-19

Aviation Law Standing Committee Policies

Aviation Law Committee members

Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Staff Liaison

Allison Armour
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-3143

Aviation Law Certification Field Established 1996