Rule 6-19.1 of The Rules Regulating The Florida Bar provides that a lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and meets the standards prescribed below may be issued an appropriate certificate identifying the lawyer as "Board Certified in Aviation Law."
The purpose of the standards is to identify those lawyers who practice aviation law and have the special knowledge, skills, and proficiency, as well as the character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism, to be properly identified to the public as board certified in aviation law.
Certification in Aviation Law is awarded by the Florida Board of Legal Specialization and Education (BLSE).
The definition of aviation law is found in Rule 6-19.2 which provides:
(a) Aviation Law.
"Aviation law" includes all facets of the law dealing with the ownership, operation, maintenance, and use of aircraft, airports and airspace. It also involves licensing and aeromedical issues encompassed by the Federal Aviation Act and the associated federal aviation regulations promulgated thereunder. It also encompasses the laws that have been developed to regulate the use of outer space.
(b) Practice of Law.
The "practice of law" for this area is defined as set out in rule 6-3.5(c)(1).
The minimum standards for certification in avaiation law is found in 6-19.3 which provides:
(a) Minimum Period of Practice.
(b) Substantial Involvement.
(c) Peer Review.
The applicant shall submit the names and addresses of 3 attorneys or judges, who are neither relatives nor current associates or partners, who are familiar with the applicant's practice and who can attest to the applicant's special competence and substantial involvement in the field of aviation law, as well as the applicant's character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism.
Rule 6-19.4 provides the rules for recertification in aviation law in Florida. During the 5-year period immediately preceding application, an applicant must satisfy the following requirements for recertification:
(a) Substantial Involvement.
(c) Peer Review.