IATA - Embry-Riddle US Aviation Law Diploma


IATA in partnership with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), have combined their expertise in aviation and continuing education to offer a Diploma in U.S Aviation Law. The diploma provides a comprehensive overview of U.S. regulation and legislation, and their application to aviation. Through a series of four courses, participants will be introduced to administrative law and the role of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the rule making process, the FAA enforcement process, and role of NTSBs in the appeals process. You will also have an in-depth review of airline contractual agreements, international air law, aviation insurance protocols and coverage.

Diploma code: DIPL-90

What you will learn

Upon completion of this diploma you will be able to:
  • Understand the legal and regulatory environment as it pertains to the airline industry
  • Understand the framework of government regulations which govern Part 121 airline operations
  • Demonstrate the creation, drafting and management principles of aviation contracts
  • Identify legal factors in purchasing insurance coverage and how hull and liability risks are insured

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Key Topics

  • Aviation regulatory and legal environment
  • Framework of Department of Transportation (DOT) and FAA regulations
  • Ground handling, catering, outsourcing and aircraft/engine purchase agreements
  • Aviation insurance types, claims management, financing and leasing

How to obtain your diploma

  1. Register for the four required courses online
  2. Complete all four courses
  3. Contact the IATA Training team
  4. Who should attend

    • Airline, aircraft and aviation lawyers and legal professionals
    • U.S. and international legal counselors and advisors
    • Government affairs representatives
    • Aircraft leasing and finance executives


    Participants must complete 4 Required courses within 3 years

    Candidates must achieve a passing mark of 80% on any assignment or exam. A special distinction is awarded to candidates that obtain a distinction in all, or all but one, of all exams and assignments that make up this Diploma.

    2 Courses from ERAU:

    U.S. Aviation Law: An Overview of the Laws Affecting Airlines, Pilots, and Passengers (ERAU)
    Learn about the legal and regulatory environment for those working in the airline industry, and understand the role of federal government in addressing problems in the industry. Understand the role of U.S. Congress, and executive branch agencies such as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) play in enacting and enforcing laws.
    Register for this course on the ERAU website

    An Introduction to Aviation Regulation in the United States: An Understanding of the Role that Executive Branch Agencies Play in Aviation (ERAU)
    Explore the framework of DOT regulations which govern Part 121 airline operations. Understand the framework of FAA regulations, the FAA enforcement process, and role of NTSB in appeals from certificate holders.
    Register for this course on the ERAU website

    2 Courses from IATA:

    To receive the diploma candidates must complete

    • 2 Required courses

    Required courses

    Airline Contract Law (Classroom, 4 days)

    Learn the basic drafting principles and agreements for aircraft sales and purchases, interlining, maintenance and catering, ground handling and more.

    Law of Aviation Insurance (Classroom, 3 days)

    Gain clarity on the main aviation insurance conventions and protocols, types of coverage available, and practices for insuring hull and liability risks.

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