Aviation law

Where can I get help with aircraft leasing? Who can help me with the purchase and sale of aircraft and helicopters?

Who can assist with an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) for commercial air traffic? What applies to claims settlement in a plane crash? Where can I get help with questions regarding drones, so called UAS?

In an airline, many legal issues arise. If the company will transport passengers and / or goods by plane or helicopter, an operating permit, an Air Operator Certificate or AOC, is required. The airline also needs an Operative License or an OL regulating the right to perform commercial air traffic within the EU. For an airline there are requirements for its own airworthiness organization, a CAMO or Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization. If the airline will train pilots for a certificate or a type rating, or train cabin crew it needs an Approved Training Organization or an ATO. The airline needs a safety approval, and the aircraft also needs to be EASA approved.

Beside the above the airline may want to perform specialized air undertakings such as aerial work with aircraft, for example aerial lifts, inspections, firefighting, taking of photos or video. These activities are normally called utility flights.
While operating an airline there might be many other legal problems such as passenger rights (EU261), unruly passengers, labour law, tenancy law, company law, questions regarding commercial contracts or collaboration agreements such as for ground handling.

ASTRA ADVOKATER has a broad experience of the legal problems connected with starting and operation of an airline, both rotor and fixed wing.
For drone companies, we assist with permits, GDPR, the Swedish camera surveillance act, (Kamerabevakningslag 2018:1200) and occurence reporting regarding drone activity.

ASTRA ADVOKATER also assists airlines and passengers in claims adjustment issues such as damage to property and personal injury in Sweden and internationally. We assist pilots in criminal cases and regarding certificate issues. We assist victims in aviation related criminal cases.

The law firm offers advice regarding:

Purchase and sale of aircraft
Register and deregister of aircraft
Aviation related employment and education issues
Contacts with authorities
Claims handling
Defense of pilots in criminal actions
Representation of injured pilots
Administration of aviation contracts
Traffic permits re scheduled air service and charter to Sweden
Liability and insurance issues
Disputes in courts and arbitration
Questions regarding drones

Our aviation specialists


Stephan Eriksson

Stephan has an education in Air and Space Law from Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) at McGill University i Montreal, Canada, where he also teaches. IASL's Air Law education is probably one of the best in the World. Who´s Who Legal has appointed him one of the best aviation lawyers in the world.

Stephan has long experience of representing airlines, helicopter operators, air brokers and travel agencies. He also works with flight accidents and aviation related product liability. ASTRA ADVOKATER are members of L2b Aviation, an international network of more than 45 aviation law firms representing airlines, financers, leasing companies, manufacturers, insurers, airports and export credit agencies.

Stephan has expertise in passenger rights and EU regulation 261/2004.

Stephan also works with construction law and business litigation in courts and arbitration.

He is member of American Bar Association (ABA), American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the European Air Law Association (EALA). He is the chair of the Aviation EEG within the European lawyers’ organization PEOPIL where he is one of the organizers of the McGill University/PEOPIL biannual Conferences on INTERNATIONAL AVIATION: LIABILITY, INSURANCE & FINANCE.



  • Excello Law
  • Liman & Partners AB
  • Own law practice
  • Foyen Law Group

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