The Wicks Group - Aviation expertise and solutions

The Wicks Group, PLLC (TWG) is a Washington, DC-based law firm that specialises in assisting clients with aviation-related matters. Our professionals work seamlessly as a team to provide clients with outstanding services and strategic advice. We guide our clients through complex domestic and foreign regulatory matters, help them structure and accomplish their commercial transactions, and strategise with them on how best to anticipate and respond to legal issues that may arise in the course of their operations. TWG is committed to delivering the expertise and solutions needed to produce exceptional results and value for each client.

Global client base

TWG is known for quality assistance around the world, with clients based in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, the Caribbean and Canada as well as across the US. Our clients include government civil aviation authorities, airport authorities, airport management firms, fixed-based operators and other airport support service providers, airport investor groups, domestic and foreign airlines, aircraft and aircraft parts manufacturers, freight transporters and forwarders, and others with aviation-related interests.

Broad airport privatisation experience

TWG offers experience with airport privatisation and public-private partnerships for airport development in the US and elsewhere. In the US, we serve as regulatory and transactional counsel to Westchester County (NY) in the planned privatisation of its airport under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Privatisation Pilot Programme (APPP), recently advised another airport sponsor considering APPP participation, and also have experience with the privatisation of JFK International Terminal 4. Adding to that experience conducting airport privatisation analyses for the governments of Peru, Costa Rica and Argentina, among others, has given TWG's professionals a holistic and granular understanding of the most current and successful airport privatisations.

Proven airport regulatory compliance advisor

TWG attorneys have a collective 75+ years of experience advising airport authorities, airports and airport management firms on US FAA and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulatory requirements and procedures, and have never failed to obtain an FAA approval requested on behalf of a client. The firm has advised more than 50 airports across the US on matters such as:

  • federal grant assurance requirements
  • slots, rates, and charges
  • revenue retention
  • land use, finance and competition
  • state and local regulations that affect airports and airport users.

Firm attorneys and senior advisors also have expertise on US security requirements for airports. A related firm, The Wicks Group Consulting (www.wicksgroupconsulting.com), also offers technical compliance services that support overall regulatory compliance by airports. And TWG's global reach means that our attorneys also have experience advising clients under regulatory systems outside of the US.

Successful airport commercial counsel

Helping our airport clients achieve their commercial goals through effective negotiation and preparation of commercial agreements is a core TWG service. Our attorneys regularly advise on the development of airport use and lease agreements, airport management agreements, real estate transactions, airport development agreements, vendor agreements, and more. The success of our commercial representation is evidenced by our long-standing client relationships.

Strategic advisors on business aviation hub development

TWG attorneys, along with technical and management consultants from The Wicks Group Consulting, have advised several national aviation authorities (i.e., Singapore, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago) on strategies for developing business aviation hubs at primary or secondary airports in their countries. Our advice encompassed possible changes to regulatory requirements, commercial terms, facilities and equipment to attract more business aviation users to the airports, as well as the potential for a public-private partnership to support the airport development needed to draw business aviation users.

Representing aviation businesses since 1999

The Wicks Group was established in 1999 and maintains offices in downtown Washington, DC in order to have ready access to decision makers at the US FAA and other key US agencies. The firm is headed by founder Glenn Wicks, who holds the title of managing director. The firm has a multi-disciplinary staff that includes attorneys, research associates and administrative personnel, as well as several advisors and technical consultants who previously held senior positions with the US FAA, DOT or Transportation Security Administration. Visit the firm's website now to learn more about the exceptional services TWG has provided to many airports and airport-related organizations: www.wicks-group.com.

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The Wicks Group, PLLC
733 10th Street, NW – Suite 3002
Washington, D.C. 20001
United States of America
Contact: Michael Fleming, partner
Tel: +1 202-457-7790 (office)
www.wicks-group.com

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