About Alan

Alan Armstrong, Esq. is a trial lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia, who represents victims and their survivors in relation to personal injuries and wrongful deaths arising out of aviation accidents and other forms of personal injury litigation. Alan represents airmen, aircraft operators and FAA certified repair stations in aviation enforcement proceedings before the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, and he crafts various aircraft contracts, leases and closing documents for clients in accordance with FAA rules and regulations. He also represents clients when aircraft are damaged or destroyed. Alan provides legal assistance to individuals or entities who wish to lease aircraft and/or operate aircraft under time share or interchange agreements permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration Regulations. He also has experience with proceedings brought under Part 16 of the Federal Aviation Regulations when claims are made that owners or sponsors of airports receiving Federal funds have committed acts of economic discrimination or denied aviation operators fair and reasonable access to airports.

Alan has written over one hundred articles on aviation law, which have been published in professional journals and periodicals. He is presently a contributing editor to the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association Journal. He has served as editor of the National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association Newsletter and has written articles published in the Journal of Air Law and Commerce, the Transportation Law Journal, Air Law, Aviation Consumer, IFR Magazine, Air Classics, Plane & Pilot, and Southern Aviator.

Mr. Armstrong is among those lawyers listed in the Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, which is published by Martindale Hubbell, and he also appears in Who’s Who in American Law (11th Ed.), Outstanding People in the 20th Century, and Strathmore’s Who’s Who.

An avid pilot, Alan owns and pilots a replica Nakajima B5N2 “Kate” bomber in airshows and for film productions. He is a pilot with the Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.


Emory University School of Law
(1974-1976) | Atlanta, GA
Juris Doctorate, 1976
Academic Average: 83.62

Berry College
(1968-1972) | Rome, Georgia
Bachelor of Arts
Major: Sociology
Minor: Philosophy and Religion

Ohio Northern University
Pettit College of Law (1973-1974) | Ada, Ohio
Academic Average: 3.5 (No. 1 in class)


Engaged in the general practice of law as a sole practitioner. The practice includes civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury litigation and aviation matters.

Professional Activities and Admissions

Engaged in the general practice of law as a sole practitioner. The practice includes civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury litigation and aviation matters.

Member of the following professional groups:

Association of Trial Lawyers of America
American Bar Association (ABA)
ABA Forum Committee on Air and Space Law
ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section
National Transportation Safety Board Bar Assn.
(Founding Member)
Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, (Contributing Editor)
Georgia Bar Association
Georgia Association of Trial Lawyers
Atlanta Bar Association
Chariman, Aviation Section of State Bar of Georgia, 1998-2017.

Admitted to practice before the following courts:

State, Superior and Appellate Courts for the State
of Georgia on November 15, 1976

Georgia Court of Appeals, November 16, 1976

Georgia Supreme Court, November 16, 1976

United States District Court for the Northern District
of Georgia, January 5, 1977

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit,
June 30, 1977

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh
Circuit, October 1, 1981

United States Supreme Court, December 17, 1982

United States District Court for the Southern District
of Georgia, February 13, 1989

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit,
March 23, 1989

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, April 28, 1989.

United States District Court for the Middle District
of Georgia, January 24, 1992

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit,
January 29, 1992

"If we could only find some way to have them [the Chinese] drop some bombs on Tokyo."
Secretary of State Cordell Hull in conversation with Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr.

December 10, 1940

An Airman’s Manifesto and Petition That Airmen Certification and Enforcement Cases be Litigated in Federal District Court

As certificated airmen, we hold these facts and conclusions that follow to be self-evident: An airman’s certificate is a property or liberty interest that cannot be suspended or revoked without affording the airman due process of law including notice and an...

Staring into the Jaws of Defeat: Litigation Before The National Transportation Safety Board

You will hear these conversations in hushed tones outside courtrooms or over lunch during a break, “Why did the judge make that ruling?”  “How can the FAA call expert witnesses that were undisclosed?”  It is no secret among legal practitioners who appear before the...

Four Ship Formation Flight, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

Although all the aircraft are not visible in the video, this was a four ship formation training flight that took place on Saturday, December 16, 2017. All formation qualified pilots must accomplish formation flights in a flight of at least four aircraft periodically...

An Airman’s Survival Guide to FAA Drug Testing

Drug testing is the bane of pilots and mechanics. According to 14 C.F.R. §120.107, “Each employer shall test each employee who performs a safety-sensitive function for evidence of Marijuana, Cocaine, Opiates, Phencyclidine (PCP), and Amphetamines during each test...

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