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Aviation Law

David Knaap is special counsel in charge of Aviation Law at Goldrick Farrell Mullan. 


Prior to becoming a lawyer David served as an Army Officer in the Australian Regular Army flying helicopters. After he qualified as a fixed wing and rotary wing pilot he was selected for instructor training in the United States and subsequently underwent the US Army’s maintenance test pilot’s course. During his service he flew a variety of fixed and rotary wing aircraft throughout Australia and various parts of the world. He has specialist knowledge on matters involving aircraft which can only be gained by extensive flying experience. He is a member of the Helicopter Association of Australasia and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia.Goldrick Farrell Mullan can address a wide range of aviation law related matters in both contentious and non-contentious settings. 

Areas of expertise include: 

  • Charter and lease agreement 

  • Bare hull agreements 

  • Commercial work 

  • Aircraft purchase and sale 

  • Regulatory compliance

  • Insurance 

  • Employment law 

  • Occupational health and safety 

  • Claims handling 

  • Litigation 

  • Coronial Inquests

  • Advisory work

GFM projects include: 

  • Advising a flying school in relation to property damage and insurance issues 

  • Drafting charter and bare hull agreements 

  • Advising an aircraft owner regarding regulatory compliance 

  • Negotiating settlement of claims arising from a fatal light aircraft crash 

  • Advising an aircraft owner of potential rights of action following a light aircraft crash

  • Assisting Special Commissions of Inquiry into Blackhawk helicopter crashes