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Legal Counsel to the Aviation Industry

The aviation industry influences our lives on a daily basis through its various forms of delivery, from corporate and commercial aircraft, to cargo planes and drones. On an average day, airlines in the United States operate 27,000 national and international flights, ship 50,000 tons of goods, and employ 700,000 people.

At Carter Conboy, our clients trust us to be on the forefront of the rapidly evolving aviation landscape with its complex regulations, unique network, and significant litigation exposure.  Our firm combines substantial industry experience, a deep bench of lawyers – including a licensed commercial pilot – and a proven record of accomplishment, to provide our clients with unique perspective, tactical guidance, and problem-solving strategies to meet the aviation challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow.

Our attorneys are leaders in navigating transactional matters as well as alleged violations, claims, and regulatory issues in New York, one of the most complicated airspaces in the world.

Aviation Clients

A specialized industry such as aviation demands skilled representation. At Carter Conboy, we provide high-value, cost-efficient legal services that plan for and protect your interests. For the particular legal issues facing the aviation industry, we actively represent:

  • Private and commercial airlines
  • Private and commercial aircraft purchasers, owners and operators
  • Manufacturers of aircraft, engines, and other components
  • Aviation maintenance companies and service providers
  • Fixed-base and charter operators
  • Aviation insurers
  • Maintenance and leasing companies

Aviation’s Complex Regulatory Environment 

At Carter Conboy, our lawyers are knowledgeable in Federal Aviation Administration regulatory matters pertaining to aviation professionals and the flying public. The firm routinely represents pilots and operators before the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board for alleged violations of federal aviation regulations.

Additionally, we counsel clients on licensing issues, regularly compliance, and defense of enforcement matters including matters with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, and Customs and Border Protection.

Aviation Incidents and Accidents

In addition to representing the aviation community in regulatory matters, our attorneys often represent aircraft owners, lessees, manufacturers, mechanics, fixed-based operators, and pilots in lawsuits for alleged negligence or products liability. As one of the leading litigation teams in New York State, Carter Conboy’s aviation team has a proven record of successfully and efficiently handling complex, high-stakes cases including personal injury and wrongful death.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Drones

Unmanned aerial technology for private and commercial use is here to stay, and Carter Conboy is one of the first law firms in our region to work in the industry. As the FAA catches up to innovation and begins to write policies and regulations, users, businesses, and manufacturers need an experienced team on their side. We deliver the latest information and provide counsel on the evolving landscape of drone law.

With drone issues covering an array of legal practice areas, Carter Conboy is prepared with a comprehensive bench of attorneys delivering diversified services across transactional, regulatory, and litigated matters. Our aviation and drone services include:

  • Legislative matters
  • Federal aviation regulations, compliance and enforcement
  • State regulations, compliance and enforcement
  • UAS approvals or Section 333 exemptions and certification
  • Contracts
  • Licensing
  • Litigation
  • Counseling
  • Start-ups
  • Environmental issues
  • Financing matters
  • Technology and cyber counseling, planning and liability
  • Outside counsel
  • Criminal defense