Sarah Nilsson has both an aviation and a legal background. She began her career
as a pilot in 1994 and is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensed
airline transport pilot in multi and single engine fixed-wing airplanes. Since
2000 she has been a gold seal flight instructor, and has trained hundreds of
pilots. She also has flown air cargo, and private business jets, and holds
a type-rating in the CE-500 series.
Sarah is founder and managing attorney of Nilsson Law, PLLC, as well as being a
certified mediator. Since January 2015, Sarah has served as full-time faculty
at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, teaching Aviation
Law, Global UAS Regulations, Business Law, and Business Ethics. Sarah
volunteers with the FAA as a FAASTeam Safety Representative.
addition to her own research on Drone Law and Space Law and Policy, she is
co-author of the 6th edition of Practical Aviation and Aerospace Law
with Scott Hamilton, a national aviation law textbook. She is currently
completing a scholarly book on U.S. Drone Law for the American Bar Association.
She has made multiple media appearances as an expert in UAS regulation, law,
and implications for the public.
Nilsson holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Northcentral University,
conferred in 2011. In 2014, she also graduated with honors with a Juris
Doctorate from Arizona Summit Law School. In 2014, Sarah became a licensed
attorney in the State of Arizona. She previously graduated with honors summa
cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and minors in Aviation Business Administration
and Aviation Safety. In 2006, Sarah also obtained a Master of Aeronautical
Science from Embry-Riddle with concentrations in Aviation safety, Aerospace
Operations, and Human Factors.