Kali M. Hague

Kali M. Hague joined the firm in 2010. She advises clients throughout the country and internationally on all aspects of business aviation law, including FAA, DOT and IRS considerations in the acquisition, operation and sale of aircraft.

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

Kali’s practice focuses on business aircraft transactions and aircraft operations under FAR Parts 91, 135, 137 and Part 375 and includes:

  • Negotiating letters of intent and purchase/sale contracts for new or previously owned domestic and foreign registered aircraft and helicopters, including fractional ownership program aircraft.
  • Negotiating operating leases, financing leases and security agreement financing for domestic and cross-border acquisitions.
  • Drafting and negotiating aircraft dry leases, joint ownership, time-sharing, and interchange agreements.
  • Advising clients in the ownership and operation structuring of their private/corporate aircraft operations, including personal use issues, 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, including federal excise tax issues, state sales and use tax matters, depreciation issues, and IRC § 1031 tax-deferred property exchanges.
  • Advising clients on U.S. Customs and Border Protection aircraft importation, eAPIS, flyover issues, and exporting aircraft from the E.U.
  • Counseling Part 135 operators on regulatory compliance issues such as drug and alcohol policy compliance, rest and duty, aircraft conformity and obtaining Letters of Authorization for Part 135 and Part 91 operations.
  • Advising federally funded airports on maintaining grant assurance compliance, handling RFP responses, addressing complaints, and drafting and implementing Minimum Standards.
  • Advising clients and lenders on Part 137 Agricultural Aircraft Operation compliance.

A highly accomplished 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 NBAA Regulatory Compliance and Documentation Professional Development Program course with Kent Jackson and speaks throughout the country on best practices in FAA, DOT and IRS regulatory compliance, and on aircraft structuring and transactions. Kali is admitted to practice law in Kansas and the District of Columbia.


Kali is co-author of the Federal Aviation Regulations Explained series published by Jeppesen. 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.


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
National Agricultural Aviation Association.
Women in Aviation International
Experimental Aircraft Association