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John R. Chubbuck

Position: Shareholder
T: +1 405 552 2335
E: john.chubbuck@mcafeetaft.com

McAfee & Taft
8th Floor, Two Leadership Square
211 N Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

As a member of the world’s largest FAA/International Registry and escrow practice, aviation attorney John Chubbuck focuses his practice primarily on aviation matters that fall under the purview of the Federal Aviation Act (the “Transportation Code”), FAA Regulations, FAA Aircraft Registry, Cape Town Convention on International Interest in Mobile Equipment and the Aircraft Protocol, and International Registry.  He routinely represents aircraft lenders, lessors, buyers, sellers, lessees and operators on matters related to the acquisition, sale, financing, leasing and operation of commercial, corporate and small aircraft.

John’s transactional practice involves all aspects of an aviation transaction (manned and unmanned aircraft), including:

  • advising on the negotiation of sale and purchase agreements;
  • drafting of escrow agreements and serving as escrow agent in conjunction with other members of the firm’s Aviation Group;
  • negotiating  financing and lease agreements for lenders, lessors, and lessees;
  • advising clients as to due diligence, aircraft title, aircraft registration, and perfection issues;
  • advising clients regarding insurance issues; and
  • working with clients to develop regulatory compliant operating structures.

John’s aircraft title practice centers on reviewing FAA records for aircraft, engines and propellers and advising local, national and international clients regarding title issues, liens and encumbrances of record at the FAA, and interest of record with the Cape Town Convention’s International Registry. He also reviews security agreements, leases, bills of sale, and other documents to ensure compliance with FAA regulations and procedures for the perfection of ownership, security and lease interests.

John devotes a substantial portion of his practice to advising clients and preparing operating, lease, timeshare, joint ownership, management, and pilot services agreements necessary to properly operate aircraft in compliance with Parts 135, 125, Part 91, and Part 91, Subpart K of the Federal Aviation Regulations.  He leverages his prior and ongoing experience in the aviation community to develop structures that satisfy local FAA Flight Standards District Offices, while maximizing the client’s utilization of the aircraft and minimizing regulatory and insurance risks to clients.

As a pilot, John understands the unique regulatory issues that may affect an airman’s livelihood.  A portion of his practice includes assisting airmen in navigating investigative, enforcement, and medical issues with the FAA.

In addition to his private practice, John has served as an adjunct professor at both the law school and undergraduate levels, where he teaches aviation law.  He is currently teaching as part of  the faculty at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Aviation Studies.

John’s achievements have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch (transportation law) and Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys.  He is also one of the principal authors of the United States of America section of L2B Aviation’s World Drone Regulations.

John earned his bachelor’s degree in aviation management from the University of Oklahoma in 2006, working as a flight instructor while completing his undergraduate degree. Prior to attending law school, he served as an assistant chief flight instructor for a private flight school where he coordinated the school’s Federal Aviation Regulations Part 141 training program and oversaw regulatory compliance with respect to the school’s operational aspects.  John remains an active certified flight instructor and holds ratings for Airplane Multi and Single Engine Land, Airplane Single Engine Sea, and Instrument Airplane.


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