Craig Weller began his aviation career in 1964, immersing himself in the industry during his ten years at Trans World Airlines and United Airlines. Following graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1977, he spent the next decade in governmental service, first with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and then with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He left the FAA in 1988 and practiced with Washington, D.C. law firms specializing in aviation issues until joining Aerlex in 2010.
During over forty years as an aviation lawyer, Mr. Weller has represented air carriers operating under both FAR Parts 121 and 135 in National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident investigations, FAA certificate revocation and enforcement proceedings, and national and regional inspections. He regularly consults with carriers on fitness and foreign ownership issues. In addition to air carriers, Mr. Weller has represented pilots and mechanics in FAA enforcement proceedings. He has advised business and corporate aircraft operators on operational and regulatory issues, including pilot records and retirement requirements and the use of independent contractors. Mr. Weller also has extensive experience in the negotiation and drafting of aircraft purchase, lease, management and charter agreements and in the structuring and review of fractional aircraft ownership programs. When the FAA formed the Fractional Ownership Advisory Rulemaking Committee (FOARC) in 1999, Mr. Weller participated as counsel for a major management company that was a member of the Committee and in that capacity, he helped draft the rules that now govern U.S. fractional ownership operations. He also served as a member of the FAA’s Part 135 Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) from 2003 to 2005.
Mr. Weller is a founding member and past Chairman of the National Business Aviation Association’s widely respected Tax Committee and also a founding member of NBAA’s Regulatory Issues Advisory Group. In addition to his work with NBAA, Mr. Weller is also a former member of the board of directors of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA).