Aviation and Airport Development Law

Founded by a former FAA attorney, Taber Law Group handles all matters involving the requirements of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) and FAA enforcement actions.  This has entailed being involved with a wide variety of laws and regulations affecting pilots, the aviation industry, airlines, airports, and the communities around airports, such as the Anti-Head Tax Act, the Airline Deregulation Act and Passenger Facility Charges, as well as advising governmental clients in environmental law matters arising under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Air Act, Airport Noise and Capacity Act (ANCA), Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act, Historic Preservation Act, Endangered Species Act and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, and the California Environmental Quality Act.  Mr. Taber is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Legal Panel.

Aside from his time as an attorney with the Federal Aviation Administration, Mr. Taber’s Aviation and Airport Development Law experience includes:

  • Drafted briefs and relevant motions for Petition for Review to the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit attacking FAA’s modification to air traffic control procedures at Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport on the basis that the FAA did not comply with the Clean Air Act’s conformity provisions.
  • Drafted briefs and relevant motions for Petition for Review to the U.S. Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia concerning the FAA’s promulgation of a rule that allows it to “presume” that its projects conform to the Clean Air Act.
  • Assisted in drafting briefs and relevant motions for Petition for Review to the U.S. Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia attacking FAA’s proposed airspace redesign for the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia Area as being in violation of the Clean Air Act as part of a consolidated case involving 12 separate lawsuits.  In addition, assisted in drafting the joint brief and the amicus brief for two U.S. Senators.
  • Successfully represented a Fixed Base Operator against the airport proprietor in a “Part 16” Administrative Hearing in front of the Federal Aviation Administration.  After being fully briefed, a favorable settlement was reached.
  • Successfully counseled a municipality such that it retained an additional $2,000,000 in its sale of an airport.
  • As part of a team, successfully represented real estate developers in attempting to develop property near airports with their efforts in front of Airport Land Use Commissions.
  • Drafted comments on behalf of clients in response to Draft Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Reports.