Law Office of R. Patrick Phillips
Aviation and General Law Practice
About R. Patrick Phillips
R. Patrick Phillips is in private law practice in Orlando, Florida. He received his B.S. degree in economics in 1966 from the University of Florida. After graduation, he entered the United States Air Force and flew C-7A Caribou aircraft in all areas of Southeast Asia including 850 combat hours in Vietnam. Later, while flying as an Aircraft Commander and Instructor Pilot on Lockheed C-141 Starlifter Aircraft, he flew in virtually every nation in the free world. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve Retired. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) rating, a current FAA flight and ground instructor certificate for both single and multi-engine airplanes and instrument, an FAA Airframe & Powerplant mechanic=s certificate, and an unlimited ground level aerobatic waiver.
Mr. Phillips received his J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1975. He has been intensively engaged in the practice of law in all areas of civil and criminal litigation in all federal and state courts. He is a founding member of the National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association, and has represented numerous professional pilots, mechanics, aircraft operators, charter services, flight schools and fixed base operators before the FAA and National Transportation Board Administrative Law Judges. The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory has given Mr. Phillips its highest rating, AV. He is a regular presenter at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Flight Instructor Refresher Course and other aviation related seminars sponsored by institutions of higher education. Mr. Phillips is Florida Bar Board Certified in Aviation Law and Co-Chair EAA Legal Advisory Counsel, EAA Government Relations Committee, Board Member of Orlando Youth Aviation Center, The Rotary Club of Orlando, Sun ’n Fun Fly In, Inc., and a member of the Florida Bar Aviation Law Board Certification Committee. He sits as a member of the Orlando-Orange County Airport Zoning Board of Adjustments, West Orange Airport Authority, and is an AOPA panel attorney.
Soloed Orlando Executive Airport at age 16, 1959
Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)
Type Ratings: DeHavilland DHC-4, Lockheed 300
Current FAA Flight and Ground Instructor Certificate 1965 to Present
Single and Multi Engine Airplanes and Instrument
Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certificate
Level 1 Unrestricted Low Level Aerobatic Waiver for Stearman Aircraft 1988 to 2006
Florida Bar Association, 1975 to Present
Aviation Law Committee, 1985 to Present
Aviation Law Board/Certification Committee, 2001 to Present
Orange County Bar Association, 1975 to Present
National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association
Founding Member, 1986 to Present
EAA - Member Legal Advisory Council, 1991 to Present
Vice-Chair, 2001 to Present
AOPA - Panel Attorney, 1990 to Present
Orlando Rotary, 1994 to Present, Director 2003 to 2006
Air Force Association - Education Committee
Sun ’n Fun Aviation Foundation Life Member
Valiant Air Command - Member and Air Show Performer, 1987 to Present
Orange County Committee of 100, 1996 to Present
Member EAA Chapter 74 Orlando and Chapter 635 Deland, 1990 to Present
Orlando - Orange County Airport Zoning Board of Adjustments, 1997 to Present
Rotary Club of Orlando, 1996 to Present, Director 2002 to Present
EAA Young Eagles Program - Flown over 180 Young Eagles
Orlando Air Fair 98 - Airshow Co-Chairman/Performer
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Presenter, Flight Instructor
Refresher Course, 1989 to 2002
National Congress on Aviation and Space Education (NCASE)
Presenter and participant, 1992 to 2002
Sun ’n Fun Fly-In, Lakeland, Florida, Director, 2002 to Present
Sun ’n Fun Fly-In, Airshow Chairman, 1999 to present
Orlando Youth Aviation Center, Director, 1999 to Present
West Orange County Airport Authority, Board Member, 2005 to Present
Great Orlando Rotary, Airshow Organizer and Director, 2004 to 2005
Fly approximately 8 Airshows per year, 1984 to 2006
Aircraft Restoration - have restored 3 Stearman, and now completing 2nd J-3 CUB
Antique Auto Restoration
Unwary Pilots Beware: FAR Violations = Criminal Penalties, Sport Aviation,
November 1993, Vol. 42, No. 11.
Pilots: Beware of Your Logbook Entries, Sport Aviation, March 1996,
Vol. 45, No. 3.
What We Should Know About Ultralights, Sport Aviation, May 1977,
Vol. 46, No. 5.
May I Work on My Own Airplane?, Sport Aviation, May 1998,
Vol. 47, No.5.
Oh No! Not Another Tower!, Sport Aviation, May 1999, Vol. 48, No. 5.
Waiver & Releases, Sport Aviation, February 2000, Vol. 49, No. 2.
Homebuilders Beware ... where you have someone build your
amateur-built aircraft, Sport Aviation, July 2001, Vol. 50, No. 7.
DUI Surprise, Aviation Safety, November 2003, Vol. XXIII, No. 11.
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