Aviation Law

Concerns aircraft (hull and engine) purchase, lease and disposal, certification and licensing.

Kenya is a key international aviation hub. The capital city, Nairobi, hosts two very important and busy airports; Wilson airport and Category 1 designated Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Operating in such an industry which is heavily regulated and where compliance is stringently enforced; air operators require sound advice from a law firm that not only offers legal advice that is effective but is also dependable. We are the firm with the legal know-how and we can help craft the solutions you need.

We have the necessary expertise in the field of aviation corporate transactions, commercial agreements, development of aviation infrastructure and legal and regulatory requirements for aircraft operations.

The partners of OT Advocates have handled a number of aviation matters and are experienced in aircraft regulatory, operation and finance matters including drafting and reviewing aircraft and engine finance and operating leases, wet and dry leases; advising on, drafting and reviewing legal documentation for the purchase of new aircraft; de-registration of a used aircraft and subsequent registration in the Kenya Aircraft Register, or with a relevant aircraft registry; incorporation of a special purpose vehicle (“SPV”) to own a new aircraft for off-balance sheet purposes; establishing a Purpose Trust by which an offshore trustee will hold the shares of the SPV; advising on, drafting and reviewing security documentation for the financing of the purchase of new aircraft and registration of the security documentation under the relevant convention and related protocol at the International Registry in Ireland; advising on the Kenyan aviation regulatory framework including commercial and technical licensing as well as on international air law conventions and International Civil Aviation Organization (“ICAO”) Standards and Recommended Practices; advising on commercial co-operation agreements such as code shares, blocked space or seat, joint ventures and aviation services agreements such as ground-handling, catering, cargo consolidation, reservation systems and general sales agency contracts; advising on Bilateral and Multilateral Air Services Agreements.

Some of the leases we have advised on include those of Boeing 737-400 Freighter, 747-400 Freighter and Fokker F27- Mk 500 Freighter.

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