CRIMINAL ACTION SHOULD NOT CONDEMN OTHER CERTIFICATE/LICENSE HOLDERS

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ARTICLE:  Shop Supervisor Found Guilty in Parts Conspiracy

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The vagaries of the Federal Aviation Regulations are a common theme. This is due, in part, because some of the wording was intentionally drafted to accommodate the changes in aviation that occur in the natural evolution of engineering, technology, business practices and regulatory changes.

THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE!

This individual, who held a significant job within this Part 145 organization and who knew better, intentionally falsified airworthiness documents to indicate that the work done on these windows was performed prior to the revocation of the repair station certificate. The defense must have argued that the repair work was the same, but by altering the paperwork, the individual knew that he was perpetrating a fraud.

People who have earned the FAA’s trust in the obtaining of an AMT license or an AI or the Part 145 certificate, and who then violate that trust, do violence to the basic fabric of regulatory compliance. Such intentional infractions give the FAA inspectors some basis to suspect all who hold one of the FAA privileges. This criminal act allows the enforcer to infer that the otherwise well intentioned actions under the FARs involve the same malicious intent. These aberrant moments affect the inferences which the regulators draw when a regulated makes a good faith effort to comply with or to interpret the regulations. Great damage can come from these demented actions.

The ordinary holder of some FAA privilege holds that authority dearly and takes every step to honor that certificate/license. Their intent is to meet or exceed the regulations and their ordinary course of exercising that honor is to research, analyze and consider what that obligation is (These are tools which are reinforced in our RA course.

FAA, please do not generalize from this exceptional incident.

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