Vincent (Vinny) Lepera is a Senior Advisor for The Wicks Group, PLLC. Vinny has more than 40 years of experience as an FAA aviation safety inspector, supervisor, and manager, including serving as the manager of the FAA New York International Field Office for several years. In that capacity, Vinny was responsible for overseeing 140 foreign Part 129 air carriers that were operating into the US as well as numerous Part 145 Repair Stations across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The firm’s attorneys draw on Vinny’s expert understanding of FAA aviation safety-related expectations for air carriers and repair stations to assist clients with regulatory processes and regulatory compliance. Vinny also has experience as an expert witness in aviation accident-related litigation.
- Conducting audits and assessments for FAR 121/135 air carriers and FAR 145 Repair Stations operators
- Conducting accident investigations and serving as expert witness for related litigation
- Managing the FAA International Office New York, with responsibility for oversight of 140 FAR 129 foreign air carriers and certification of FAR 145 Repair Stations on three continents
- Managing FAA Eastern Region field offices and the FAA Pittsburgh Office, serving as an Airworthiness Unit Supervisor and developing policies for FAA Certificate Management Offices