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Illegal flight instruction?

Discussion in 'FAA News, Opinion and Articles' started by Richard Wyeroski, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Unlicensed Pilot Arrested For Offering Flight Instruction


    Was Involved In An Accident That Fatally Injured A Passenger In 2016
    A pilot from Queens, NY who had his airman privileges revoked following a fatal accident in 2016 has been arrested for offering flight instruction to students last year.

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    The New York Post reports that Nelson Gomez has been charged with giving flight instruction without proper certification. Gomez, 39 from Howard Beach, NY, was the instructor during a flight in February, 2016 that went down, resulting in the fatal injury of 23-year-old Gerson Negron. The Piper Archer had two other students on board.

    All four survived the initial impact with the water, and Gomez and the other students were rescued by Suffolk County Police. But Negron's body was not found until April of 2016.

    Gomez surrendered his pilot certificate as required by the FAA in May of 2016, but court documents indicate he continued to offer instruction until May of 2016, when the credentials expired.

    He is scheduled for an appearance in Brooklyn Federal Court on Wednesday to face felony charges.

    FMI: Source report
     
  2. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    The sad part of this is that this pilot trained over 12 students for their Private Certificate. They were issued and no one caught the fact that this former instructor had all his Certiificates revoked because of the accident he had killing one person!
     
  3. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Here's another guy like that.


    AVweb:
    Russ Niles

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    A man whose pilot certificate was revoked 21 years ago for lying on his medical application was the presumed pilot of a Cessna 335 high performance twin that crashed near Palm Beach County Park Airport a week ago, killing him and his wife. Philip Castronova, 70, and his wife Mandy, 39, were on their way home from Key West. Castronova was well known at the local airport and flew frequently but hadn’t held a valid certificate since September of 1997 when it was revoked. The Palm Beach Post reviewed FAA records and also discovered that Castronova had received a 180-day suspension just prior to the revocation for a long list of airmanship violations that culminated with him refusing to cooperate with an FAA inspector.

    He could have applied to have the certificate reinstated in 1998 but there is no record that he did. It would appear that no one questioned his formal credentials at least in part because he was regarded as a competent and experienced pilot. “It raises some interesting liability issues but as for his ability to fly the plane, he can fly the plane,” said his hangar partner Glenn Corkins. Even close family members were surprised at his lack of certification. “He’s been flying forever,” said his brother Gary. Castronova was the owner of the aircraft, which was built in 1979, and owned an aircraft brokerage. The plane came down in a park near the airport and was mostly consumed by the post-crash fire. No one on the ground was involved.

    An earlier version of this story described the aircraft as pressurized but it is not.
     
  4. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Private aircraft ownership Insurance companies only require your word that you have certification. Have a claim, then they would deny coverage if there was fraud involved.

    Renting an aircraft from an operator is different. The renter must show his certificates and ratings, medical and in most cases get a check out.

    FAA can ask anyone operating an aircraft to show their certificate and ratings. However that pilot should be observed operating an aircraff for them to do that. This is called a Ramp Check.

    Anyone can go on line and get pilot information from FAA.gov.

    The FAA has a record of every airmen certificated by them.

    Obviously this pilot above was never checked in anyway. It's possible he had no medical, No required flight review. He simply slipped through the cracks.

    Normally FAA does not approach persons on an airport and ask for a pilot certificate. However a regulation requires pilots to show their certificates on request by any Local, State or Federal law inforcement officer or an FAA Inspector showing proper identification.
     
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  5. Rotorruss

    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member III

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    ... meanwhile, the inspectors are managing risk by sitting behind the computer while issuing warning letters based on compliance philosophy for minor infractions.

    "Drain the 'Empire building' DC Swamp!!!
     
  6. Exuma Guy

    Exuma Guy Hangar Silver Member V

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    This pilot's problems with the FAA started with a ramp check. Anyone can also have their FAA information removed from public access, as I have done. He did not have a medical, BFR, or airman certificate.
     
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    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member III

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    ...it is interesting that no one in the "regulator's'' house ever caught the certification issue. It gives you great confidence with their QA process. Pretty soon the "regulator" will become irrelevant in the aviation world. Maybe that is by design after all??
     
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