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Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance

Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance is a course run by Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, Dublin. It is a Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online course with a duration of 6 months. Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance gives a Course Qualification of Postgraduate Diploma, awarded by Law Society of Ireland. For more information about Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance at Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, please review the details below.

Ireland is internationally recognised as the global hub for aviation leasing and finance, with 14 of the top 15 global aircraft lessors enjoying a presence here. More than 60% of the world’s fleet of leased aircraft is owned, leased, or managed in Ireland. The major industry players have been attracted by Ireland’s stable political regime, membership of the EU, favourable time zone, and talented workforce – not to mention our legal and regulatory advantages. In addition, Ireland’s network of over 70 double tax treaties, combined with the absence of withholding tax on aircraft lease rentals and a corporate tax rate of 12.5%, makes Ireland a commercially attractive place to set up and run an aircraft leasing company.

This advanced-level diploma provides comprehensive coverage of the key aspects of the aviation leasing and finance industry. It aims to deliver an in-depth analysis of the core legal and practical issues that parties typically encounter in aircraft leasing and finance transactions.


The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Introduction to the aviation industry

  • Origins of aviation industry in Ireland,
  • Profile of aviation industry 2023,
  • The effect of Covid-19 on the industry
  • Reasons for development of Ireland as aviation hub,
  • Analysis of main industry players in the sector,
    Overview of regulatory framework.

Module 2: Purchase and Leasing Aircraft

  • Reasons for investing in aircraft,
  • Aircraft operating lease agreements and key clauses,
  • Purchasing aircraft – the practical considerations,
  • Relevant purchase documentation,
  • Delivery of aircraft – acceptance certificates, relevant clauses,
  • Aircraft trading – GATS trading e-platform.

Module 3: Aviation Finance

  • Commercial debt financing for aviation,
  • Analysis of key capital markets structures,
  • PDP financing from a leasing company and bank perspective,
  • Analysis of typical Expert Credit Agencies structure (ECA),
  • Function of the Export-Import Bank (US) and Irish Stock Exchange,
  • Typical security taken over aircraft.

Module 4: Regulatory environment

  • Role of Irish Aviation Authority,
  • The Chicago Convention, ICAO, IATA
  • The Cape Town Convention,
  • The International Registry of Mobile Assets,
  • European Aviation Safety Agency Regulations,
  • EU Emissions Trading Scheme,
  • Registration and de-registration of aircraft.

Module 5: Taxation and Aviation

  • Importance of Irish tax residence,
  • Tax opinions, legal opinions,
  • Double taxation treaty network,
  • Withholding tax,
  • Section 110 Companies.

Module 6: Insurance and Aviation

  • Airline aviation insurances and key clauses,
  • Lease insurance provisions in aircraft operating leases,
  • Lessor considerations,
  • Claims management,
  • Standard endorsement analysis.

Module 7: Applied leasing issues

  • Jurisdictional issues,
  • Redelivery of aircraft,
  • Helicopters – leasing, registration,
  • Engine leasing,
  • Maintenance reserves,
  • Aircraft records management,
  • Corporate service providers.

Module 8: Repossession and recovery

  • Repossession in practice,
  • Key documentation, key clauses,
  • Material adverse changes,
  • Relevant default provisions,
  • Termination notices,
  • Applications to court,
  • Enforcement – practical steps.

Module 9: Fleet planning

  • Fleet planning by airlines,
  • Strategies engaged,
  • Case studies,
  • Lessor positioning.

Module 10: Case law and future trends

  • Irish and UK aviation case law update,
  • Future trends for aviation industry

Module 11: Career Panel event
This will afford students the opportunity to get expert advice from professionals in the industry about how to enter the aviation industry or how to successfully move sectors within the aviation industry.

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Training ProviderLaw Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 7
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationPostgraduate Diploma
Awarding BodyLaw Society of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsPostgraduate Diploma
Course Start Date1st February 2024
Course Duration6 months
Course TimeLectures live online on Thursdays 6pm to 9pm with live online workshops on occasional Saturdays. All sessions are recorded and available to view on playback.
Course Fee3,200
Entry RequirementsIn order to apply you must (1) be a qualified lawyer or (2) have a minimum of two years' full-time experience in the aviation industry or (3) have successfully completed the Certificate in Aviation Leasing and Finance. Applications from non-members will need to be approved before you can book online and are subject to a supplemental fee of €335.
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