Edward Sauer focuses his practice in the areas of aircraft transactions and air transportation. He has worked in the aviation industry extensively and is deeply familiar with the issues confronting it.
His experience includes buying, selling, leasing and financing business and commercial aircraft and representing US and non-US airlines, aircraft component manufacturers, CRSs, GDSs, investors and hedge funds before the US Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other agencies regulating aspects of air transportation.
Ed regularly represents buyers and sellers of executive and commercial aircraft in negotiating sales and purchase contracts and leases. Over the course of his career, he has bought, sold, leased or financed hundreds of aircraft for private use, business travel, and airline operations.
Ed has also represented airports and developers and government agencies in privatizations both under the US PPP program and internationally.
Additionally, Ed’s practice encompasses the regulatory issues that airlines regularly confront. His expertise includes all aspects of aviation regulatory law as well as the more general legal issues that arise from aviation operations including equipment acquisition, airline computerized reservation systems and transportation infrastructure. He also represents aviation clients in contract negotiations for such matters as GDS service, codesharing and airport access.
Ed’s experience includes US FAA and DOT enforcement and compliance issues for aircraft component manufacturers, travel websites and airlines; airline citizenship and fitness issues involving US and non-US investors including hedge funds; rulemaking proceedings before the US DOT (including the continuing DOT Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections II rulemaking); commercial negotiations for airlines; advice to airlines and travel websites regarding DOT consumer protection rules; airline route proceedings before the US DOT; and airport privatization and concessions.
Ed also has spoken at industry events concerning issues of concern to the aviation community. A recent example is an address that he gave concerning what was then a sweeping proposal by the US DOT for enhanced passenger protection regulations to a group of 70 airline legal counsel at the Fall 2010 Legal Forum of the International Air Transport Association.