As the pilot of a small plane who uses airspace in or around New York, you will fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We at Kreindler & Kreindler, LLP, are here to explain what the purpose of this association is, and what their Office of Investigations does.
The FAA's Office of Investigations is in place to protect the National Airspace System (NAS). The NAS is the system involving all navigation facilities, airspace, and airports within the United States. It also includes their related services, rules, regulations, information, procedures, policies, equipment and personnel. The NAS services both the United States and international destinations from within the U.S. It is considered one of the most complex aviation systems in the world.
Accordingly, the FAA's Office of Investigations conducts administrative and regulatory investigations and inquiries into questionable behaviors of FAA employees, contractors, and other members who may be violating the rules of the FAA. Standards for these investigations are set by the FAA. Plane crashes, accidents, or law-breaking involving the NAS will be investigated by the FAA. This can include illegal activities in airports, in the air, or in navigation facilities like control towers.
If you have been involved in a plane crash or have had other issues with the law while in NAS space, you will likely be dealing with the FAA. You can read more about this on our web page about small plane accidents, linked here. Consider speaking to an attorney to learn more and prepare yourself for dealing with the FAA.