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




Flying Airshows

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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