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Located just miles from the Federal Aviation Administration Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, the law firm of McAfee & Taft has distinguished itself in the field of aviation law as having one of the largest and most experienced FAA aviation groups in the United States.

Recognized as experts in the field, many of the aviation lawyers are featured speakers at regional, national and international aviation conferences on a variety of topics related to aircraft title, finance and regulatory law and related matters, including the Cape Town Convention, the new international treaty that has a significant impact on the perfection and enforcement of rights in aircraft and engines.

McAfee & Taft’s Aviation Group actively represents local, national and international clients – from individuals to leaders in industry – on a wide spectrum of aviation matters, including the documentation of aircraft transactions, aircraft title and registration matters, escrow closings, closing and post-recordation opinions, and aircraft title insurance.

The firm also has significant experience in assisting a wide variety of clients in the fastest growing area of practice in the industry – fractional ownership of aircraft.  McAfee & Taft attorneys are skilled at balancing tax, securities and FAA regulatory considerations in dealing with fractional programs, time-sharing arrangements, joint ownerships, interchange agreements and operational issues as a way to help clients better utilize their aircraft.

For more information regarding our specific areas of expertise, please select from the links on the right.

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Brian C. Beatty
Shareholder
(405) 270-6015
JohnDavid Brown
Associate
(405) 270-6028
Joel A. Bulleigh
Shareholder
(405) 552-2248
Brian A. Burget
Shareholder
(405) 552-2205
John R. Chubbuck
Of Counsel
(405) 552-2335
Teena P. Dunn
Of Counsel
(405) 552-2287
Maria E. Gonzalez
Shareholder
(405) 552-2358
Emma L. Land
Associate
(405) 270-6083
Scott D. McCreary
Shareholder, Practice Group Leader
(405) 552-2367
Allison C. McGrew
Associate
(405) 552-2262
Erin M. Van Laanen
Shareholder
(405) 552-2208

Paralegals

Judy Ames
Paralegal
(405) 552-2329
Janet Bennett
FAA Paralegal
(405) 681-9393
Rhonda Bennett
FAA Paralegal
(405) 684-9442
Jeri Fatheree
Paralegal
(405) 228-7657
Michelle Gerwitz
Paralegal
(405) 228-7648
Sunni Jackson
Paralegal
(405) 552-2320
Debby Jones
Paralegal
(405) 228-7623
Dianna McCaulla
Paralegal
(405) 552-2319
Monica Minjarez
Paralegal
(405) 228-7662
Danielle Morse
Paralegal
(405) 270-6013
Linda Steinke
Paralegal
(405) 552-2357
Melissa Trent
Paralegal
(405) 228-7646
Katie Whitaker
Paralegal
(405) 228-7664
Linda M. Wilmeth
Paralegal
(405) 228-7661
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Articles

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Aircraft registration in the US

Official Guide to Aircraft Registration 2020 |

FAA Aircraft Registry Reaffirms its Position on Digital v. Electronic Signatures

Registering aircraft in the United States

Corporate Jet Investor’s Official Guide to Aircraft Registration |

An introduction to aircraft registration in the US

Corporate Jet Investor’s Official Guide to Aircraft Registration |

Digital Signatures, Subordinations and Drones

International Comparative Legal Guide to Aviation Law |

The Applicability of the Cape Town Convention to Changes to an Existing Transaction

International Comparative Legal Guide to Aviation Law |

The Cape Town Convention: An Evolving Process (with Side Notes on Selected Issues)

International Comparative Legal Guide to Aviation Law |

The Cape Town Convention: An Evolving Process (with a Side Note on Non-Citizen Trusts)

International Comparative Legal Guide to Aviation Law |

The Cape Town Convention: Key Issues for the Practitioner

International Comparative Legal Guide to Aviation Law |

Registration rule impacts all U.S. aircraft

The Journal Record |

Summary of the FAA’s Final Rule regarding Re‑Registration and Renewal of Aircraft Registration

McAfee & Taft Aviation Law Alert |

International registry goes live with registrations of fractional shares in aircraft

Business Leasing and Finance News |

Cape Town and Aircraft Transactions in the United States

The Air & Space Lawyer |

Memorandum regarding The Cape Town Convention

Aviation Law Update |

Legal Opinions and Title Insurance Mitigate Risk Under Cape Town Convention

LJN's Equipment Leasing Newsletter |

Cape Town Convention: Complex Questions and Significant Opportunities

LJN's Equipment Leasing Newsletter |

FAA Registry Document Checklist

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At The Podium

FAA Update 2020 – Social Distancing Issues

SGR Handling the Turbulence from COVID-19 Webinar
Online | March 24, 2020

GATS and FAA Registry Updates

Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference
Amelia Island, FL | March 23, 2020

Introduction to the Global Aircraft Trading System (GATS) from a Business Aviation Perspective

Oklahoma City GATS Conference
Oklahoma City, OK | January 8, 2020

FAA Update

2019 ABA Aircraft Financing Subcommittee Annual Meeting
Washington, DC | September 12, 2019

Leading Today and in the Future

IAWA 2019 General Aviation Women’s Leadership Forum
Napa, CA | May 6, 2019

Capital City Connect: Aviation & Government Contracts CLE

Oklahoma City, OK | February 6, 2019

Fraud and Cybercrime in Legal Transactions

Wichita Association of Legal Administrators
Wichita, KS | March 22, 2016

Fraud and Cybercrime in Aircraft Closings

Corporate Jet Investor
Miami, FL | October 22, 2015

Update on the International Registry’s Generation II Website and U.S. Non-Citizen Trusts

ALTA Aviation Law Americas Aviation Industry Legal and Finance Conference
Cancun, Mexico | September 4, 2015

Recent Legal Developments Impacting Aviation Finance

ABA Aircraft Financing Subcommittee Annual Meeting
Chicago, Illinois | September 11-12, 2014

The Cape Town Convention After Seven Years: A Practitioner’s Guide

2013 Business Aircraft Finance, Registration and Legal Conference
Bonita Springs, Florida | February 8, 2013

Recent Litigation in Aviation Sales, Lease, Financing; Owner Liability

2013 Business Aircraft Finance, Registration and Legal Conference
Bonita Springs, Florida | February 7, 2013