Kent S. Jackson Partner


Kent S. Jackson

Kent S. Jackson is founder and managing partner in the law firm of Jackson & Wade, L.L.C. His practice focuses on structuring aircraft transactions and a broad range of aviation regulatory advice. He assists clients in establishing appropriate operating structures for Part 91, Part 135, Part 375, Part 380 and complex hybrid operations. He has assisted clients in obtaining Part 135, Part 125 and Part 380 authority. He has represented companies and individuals in DOT, CBP and FAA enforcement proceedings and IRS excise tax audits. Jackson’s clients include corporate jet owners, lessors, investment banks, manufacturers and government agencies.

Jackson is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Kansas, Missouri and New York. He frequently speaks on behalf of the National Business Aviation Association, the National Air Transportation Association, Jeppesen and other aviation groups.  Jackson is past Chairman of the National Business Aviation Association's Tax Committee. He is past Chairman of the NBAA Regulatory Issues Advisory Group.  He is a member of the NBAA Associate Member Advisory Council. He was a principal participant on the FAA’s Fractional Ownership Aviation Rulemaking Committee and the Part 125/135 Aviation Rulemaking Committee. Jackson is a type-rated airline transport pilot, flight instructor and repairman with flight experience in Part 91 and135 operations.  He owns Blue Feather Charter, LLC, an Air Carrier operating on-demand flights under FAR Part 135.


Since 1993, Jackson has authored or co-authored all editions of Federal Aviation Regulations Explained. Published by Jeppesen, the books illustrate and explain the policies behind the regulations, including explanations of specific situations. The books reference a variety of sources, including FAA Advisory Circulars, the Federal Register, the Aeronautical Information Manual, NTSB Decisions and FAA Chief Counsel Opinions. Current editions of Federal Aviation Regulations Explained include:


  • The Pilot’s Edition, including Parts 1, 61, 91, 141 and NTSB 830  
  • The Charter Edition, including Parts 1, 119 and 135 
  • The Maintenance Edition, including Parts 1, 21, 43, 65, 145 and 147 
  • The Airport Edition, including Parts 16, 17, 77, 139, 150, 155 – 158, 161, 169 and the Airport Improvement Program.

Since 1998, Jackson has written the legal column for Business & Commercial Aviation Magazine. He has written for Jeppesen's CFI Renewal Program, the Lawyer-Pilot's Bar Association Journal, Flight Training Magazine, Inside Air Charter and the Business Aviation Management Journal. He has been quoted in Aviation International News, Flying, and USA Today.

Professional Affiliations 

  • National Business Aviation Association 
  • Lancair Owners & Builders Organization 
  • National Air Transportation Association
  • Experimental Aircraft Association 
  • Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
  • Malibu Mirage Owners and Pilots Assoc.



Kent Jackson received his B.A. with Distinction and Departmental Honors in English from the University of Kansas in 1985 and his J.D. from the University of Kansas in 1988.