The Florida Bar


December 7, 2022

Aviation law covers legal issues affecting aircraft and airport operations, including aircraft navigation and maintenance, air traffic control safety, and pilot licensing requirements. Aviation law mostly operates at the federal level, with most aviation regulations and standards enforced by the Federal Aviation Administration, The Transportation Security Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board. While states have little authority to pass laws related to aviation, they may pass laws that do not hinder federal laws, as well as pass zoning laws that dictate the hours of operation and the noise levels of local airports.

When facing an aviation legal issue, businesses and individuals tend to hire experienced attorneys because the aviation industry is heavily regulated, and many pilots, shipping companies, and corporations that regularly use air transportation have trouble navigating the many rules and laws that are passed by Congress and imposed by federal agencies.

Changes may occur in this area of law. The information provided is brought to you as a public service, and is intended to help you better understand the law in general. It is not intended to be legal advice regarding your particular problem or substitute for the advice of a lawyer.