Washington state resident and commercial pilot Paul Roessler was sentenced to four months home confinement on November 14 in U.S. District Court in Spokane, Wash., for being under the influence of alcohol while flying a Piper Seneca for a Seattle-based cargo operator. He was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, two years probation, ordered to attend substance-abuse evaluation and counseling and pay a $1,500 fine.
A commercial pilot for Orlando-based Flight Express, a subsidiary of Columbus, Ohio’s AirNet Cargo, is facing a maximum of 15 years in a federal prison after pleading guilty last month to operating an aircraft while under the influence on December 8 last year. Authorities said the pilot was flying with a blood-alcohol level six times over the legal limit for aviators on a trip between North Carolina and Tampa Fla., at the time of the incident.
According to a report by Russia’s RT News service, accident investigators found alcohol in the blood streams of both pilots aboard the Antonov An-28 that crashed on the Kamchatka Peninsula on September 12, killing 10 of 14 people aboard. RT News reported that forensic tests found the captain to have been “lightly intoxicated,” while his copilot was “moderately intoxicated” at the time of the accident. Investigators are attempting to determine why the crew was allowed to board the aircraft while under the influence of alcohol.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has resigned from the FAA in the wake of his arrest Saturday night in a northern Virginia suburb on a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI).
The news that FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Saturday (December 3) raises some interesting questions.
FAA aerospace medical certification division manager Dr. Warren Silberman explained the FAA’s new DUI (driving under the influence or while intoxicated) policy in the latest Federal Air Surgeon’s Medical Bulletin.
FAA aerospace medical certification division manager Dr. Warren Silberman explained the FAA’s new DUI (driving under the influence or while intoxicated) policy in the latest Federal Air Surgeon’s Medical Bulletin, issued on Tuesday.
The FAA has determined that the minimum random drug and alcohol testing percentage rates for next year will remain at 25 percent of safety-sensitive employees for random drug testing and 10 percent of safety-sensitive employees for random alcohol testing. These rates have remained unchanged since 1998, when they were first set.
New York’s state Senate passed a bill making it a crime to fly an aircraft with a blood alcohol content of .04 or above, similar to laws covering drunk driving. State law prohibits drunk piloting, but there are no penalties. The bill now goes to the state assembly for consideration. If passed and signed by the governor, the first violation would be punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine of between $1,000 and $2,500.
The FAA late last month adopted a 2004 notice of proposed rulemaking amending airman medical standards so that a refusal to submit to a required drug or alcohol test carries the same penalty as failure of a test–revocation or disqualification from holding an airman medical certificate. The same penalty awaits a pilot with an alcohol test result of an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater in a blood or breath specimen.