Nelson, Chad S.

Chad Nelson is a transactional business attorney in Wichita, Kansas practicing in the areas of aviation law, corporate law and general business law. Chad is a member with Klenda Austerman, LLC. Nelson represents aircraft lenders, lessors, purchasers and sellers in relation to corporate and regional aircraft. A substantial amount of Chad’s time is focused on international aviation transactions. He also represents domestic FAR Part 135 operators, fractional aircraft providers and other clients in general aviation law matters.

When working with clients, Chad often helps them find ways to keep perspective on the major issues and compromise on the lessor important ones. He has represented clients in more than 60 countries. These clients include aircraft lenders/lessors and borrowers/lessees; aircraft parts manufacturers; aircraft brokers and dealers; corporate flight departments; private aircraft owners and operators; fixed base operators; air ambulance operators; regional airlines; and FAR Part 135 operators. Nelson’s broad knowledge and technical understanding regarding a variety of aircraft and industrial equipment makes him a sought-after international aviation attorney for planning, negotiation and documentation of various types of aircraft finance, acquisition and operating agreements.

Lenders and lessors turn to Chad for assistance with documentation of default workout and forbearance arrangements, and in connection with repossessing, foreclosing and exporting domestic and international aircraft. He provides consulting services with respect to aircraft related disputes and litigation.

Chad Nelson seeks to understand what his business clients want and provides strategies within the proper regulatory framework. Nelson handles arrangements for multiple owners seeking joint ownership, time sharing, block charter time and fractional ownership agreements. He assists clients in sales and other tax planning, including Kansas lex situs opinions with respect to aircraft and other equipment acquisitions.

Chad also represents clients in connection with aircraft registration issues, including owner trust and voting trust arrangements with respect to cross-border transactions and registration of aircraft in foreign jurisdictions. He provides guidance on various mechanic’s, materialmen’s, fuel liens and other aircraft title encumbrance issues.

Chad and his wife, Deana, have two children. Cheering on KU ranks almost as high on his favorite things to do as enjoying the outdoors with his family, or spending time with shooting sports and hunting.