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Pilot Accused of Hazarding Aircraft and Passengers

ISSUE:

An experienced ATP, commercial, and instrument-rated pilot (Part 135) was accused of hazarding his aircraft and passengers by flying an air taxi Cessna 172 in known icing conditions.

Using surveillance at a local airport, FAA inspectors took video of the pilot allegedly flying into rain when the air temperature was allegedly conducive to icing. The pilot was facing a 90-day suspension of his ATP, a 30-day suspension of his commercial license, and a fine.

SOLUTION & RESULT

Using NOAA weather data from six local airports showing that the temperature and the dew points were not supporting of icing in the area, we were able to get the FAA to dismiss the allegations during an informal conference with FAA regional legal counsel.

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