Attorney
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. Kali represents airport authorities and airport tenants in site development projects, including hangar and fuel farm construction and lease negotiations. She counsel’s clients on human resource issues in the corporate flight department, including advising clients on apparent conflicts between state law and FAA regulation.

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 was recognized as one of Business Aviation’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. In addition to practicing law, Kali is an adjunct professor of aviation law for Kansas State University. She is a member of NBAA’s Regulatory Issues Advisory Group, a council member on NBAA’s Young Professionals Council, and assists the women’s Air Race Classic with grant writing.

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.
  • Advising clients in the ownership and operation structuring of their private/corporate 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, including federal excise tax issues, state sales and use tax matters, and depreciation issues.
  • 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 airport tenants on self-fueling rights, negotiating hangar and fuel farm leases, and assisting tenants with new construction projects.
  • Counseling clients through human resource issues in flight departments so that they continue to remain compliant with FAA regulations.
  • 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 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