Partner
Kali M. Hague
Kali M. Hague is a partner at Jetlaw, LLC. She advises clients throughout the country and internationally on all aspects of aviation law. Her clients include Part 121, 125, 135, 137, and 375 operators, airports, corporate flight departments, government contractors, and UAS/drone operations.

Kali helps her clients navigate unique and complex FAA and DOT issues, including Part 380 and 295 public charter and broker regulations, and assisting clients with petitioning the DOT and FAA for exemptions from regulations. Kali also advises clients on human resource issues in the corporate flight department, including resolving apparent conflicts between state law and FAA regulation.

Kali was recognized as one of NBAA’s Top 40 Under 40 award recipients in 2018. The award recognizes young professionals in business aviation for their career accomplishments and dedication to the industry. Kansas State University recognized Kali as an Alumni Fellow in 2019. Kali is an adjunct professor of aviation law for Kansas State University. She is a member of NBAA’s Regulatory Issues Advisory Group and a member of NBAA’s Young Professionals Council.

Prior to joining the firm, Kali worked in-house for a Part 135 charter operator and aerial mapping operation. She gained hands-on experience in airport operations and management while working for an airport authority at a major general aviation airport in the Midwest.

Kali’s practice also includes:
  • Negotiating purchase and sale contracts for domestic and foreign registered aircraft.
  • Negotiating operating and financing leases and security agreements for domestic and cross-border acquisitions.
  • Advising clients in the ownership and operating structure of their aircraft operations, including personal use issues, dry leases, time-sharing, joint ownership and interchange agreements, flying candidates for elected office, corporate aircraft use policies, U.S. registration of foreign-owned/operated aircraft, establishing an owner trust for registration, and foreign registration of aircraft and non-U.S. aircraft operations.
  • Counseling clients on federal and state tax issues relating to aviation.
  • Advising federally funded airports on maintaining grant assurance compliance, handling RFP responses, addressing complaints, and drafting and implementing Minimum Standards.
Kali is a commercial pilot and flight instructor. She has assisted with the firm’s flight operations since she joined the firm in 2010. Kali co-presents the firm’s NBAA-approved Professional Development Programs with Kent Jackson and speaks throughout the country on best practices in FAA, DOT and IRS regulatory compliance and human resources in the corporate flight department. Kali is admitted to practice law in Kansas and the District of Columbia.

Publications

Kali is co-author of the Federal Aviation Regulations Explained series published by Jeppesen and Jetlaw’s FAR/AIM Explained. The series illustrates and explains the policies behind the FAA regulations by compiling and analyzing FAA Chief Counsel Opinions, FAA Advisory Circulars, the Federal Register, case law, the Aeronautical Information Manual, and NTSB Decisions. Kali is a frequently contributor to Business and Commercial Aviation, Aviation Business Journal, and Twin & Turbine.

Education

Kali received her BS Summa Cum Laude in Aeronautical Technology from Kansas State University at Salina and her JD with Dean’s Honors from Washburn University School of Law. She completed her LL.M. in International and European Tax Law from Maastricht University Faculty of Law in the Netherlands.

Professional Affiliations

National Business Aviation Association
Women in Aviation International
NBAA Regulatory Issues Advisory Group
Council Member, NBAA Young Professionals Council
FAA OpSpec Working Group