Ken Hines, a senior regulatory specialist in the firm’s Transportation & Trade Group’s Aviation Practice, has more than 20 years of aviation regulatory experience assisting attorneys in advising airlines, airports, air tour operators, corporate aircraft departments and repair stations regarding all aspects of domestic and international aviation. He advises clients on U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensing issues, including assisting clients in obtaining certificates, foreign air carrier permits, exemptions, code-share statements of authorization, wet lease statements of authorization, and charter authority. Ken has extensive knowledge regarding airline antitrust immunity proceedings and has prepared required documentation for such proceedings. Ken also monitors and reports on federal agency rulemakings, advises attorneys and aviation clients regarding the effects such rulemakings will have on the clients’ business, and assists in drafting rulemaking comments.
Ken also assists the firm’s aviation clients with a wide range of regulatory compliance matters, with particular focus on DOT consumer protection regulations and disabled passenger rules and FAA safety requirements. He has advised major U.S. and foreign airlines regarding amendments to their contracts of carriage necessary to ensure compliance with DOT regulations. In addition, he assists clients with their compliance with Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service requirements. Ken also performs due diligence reviews regarding clients’ acquisition of air carriers and repair stations and the transferability of DOT and FAA certificates and other authority.