Baker McKenzie's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Capabilities

Drones and their many applications are rapidly evolving. The accelerated introduction and use of drones provide a unique opportunity to deliver services while reducing the need for personal interaction.
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The aviation industry is rapidly evolving to respond to increasing turbulence from international legal and political headwinds, technology and sustainability advancements.

Global airline alliances, emerging markets, low-cost carrier growth, infrastructure privatization, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and advanced and urban air mobility (including electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircraft (eVTOL)) are revolutionizing aviation from the largest international air carriers to the smallest micro-drone operations.

Growing opportunities, increased risks, new regulatory frameworks and unique legal challenges accompany the industry’s evolution and require deft legal piloting for success.

With over 50 years of combined industry practice and extensive senior government experience, our aviation lawyers help clients navigate complex regulatory compliance issues, investigations, enforcement proceedings, licensing and other aviation authorities, transactions, tax issues, environmental reviews, import and export controls, and a wide range of other business and legal matters across the globe.

Our international footprint perfectly complements the aviation and urban mobility industry, with the presence of our attorneys in major business and regulatory hubs worldwide, connections to government and industry leaders, and expertise in aviation trends. No legal or business challenge is too complex.

Our clients include airlines, technology companies, aerospace manufacturers, airport operators, online travel companies, corporate and private aircraft owners, UAS, and urban air mobility, advanced air mobility and eVTOL stakeholders. We have extensive experience with high-profile aviation matters involving governmental and international bodies. We advise clients on:

  • Regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters for airlines, airports, UAS, eVTOL aircraft, corporate aircraft operators, manufacturers, hazardous material shippers, and travel distributors
  • Public-private partnerships for major commercial airports
  • International air services agreements, airline alliance and antitrust immunity (ATI)
  • Infrastructure advice when establishing, operating, privatizing and regulating airports and vertiports
  • Mergers, acquisitions, financing and restructuring of airlines, aerospace manufacturers and worldwide repair stations (MROs)
  • Airspace hazard and airspace obstruction evaluation  
  • Tax assessment and planning advice, including excise, sales, personal, property, and use taxes and related deductions
  • Accident and incident investigations and litigation, and related criminal matters
  • Climate change and emissions, net zero and carbon-reduction commitments and ESG compliance audits