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Episode 3: Compliance Philosophy? Suspended Pilot Certificates? Behind the Scenes of FAA Enforcement Action with David Williams, Former FAA Aviation Safety Inspector
“In the federal aviation system, violations of the Federal Aviation Regulations are investigated by a group of individuals known as Aviation Safety Inspectors. These are their stories.”
Flying along on any normal day, you accidentally miss a radio call; perhaps you descend below an assigned altitude or fly inadvertently into a TFR or other restricted airspace. Air traffic control may ask you to call; you may be surprised with a certified letter in your mailbox asking you to share more information with an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector. The process of what occurs after a violation of the Federal Aviation Regulations is sometimes hard to find, confusing, and, in the past 5 years, has changed, particularly for inadvertent violations.
Joining the podcast to help understand the ins and outs of FAA enforcement is former Aviation Safety Inspector David Williams. Dave's experience in the aviation world includes working as flight instructor, flying for the regional airlines, flying for a major airline, and working for the FAA as an Aviation Safety Inspector. Having previously helped Martin develop an FAA enforcement lecture for his Aviation Regulations class in a past life at Ohio State, Dave brings his expertise to the podcast for a unique look into the process and steps that may be taken in the course of a potential violation of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
A quick note about this episode: this conversation is for informational purposes only and not meant to serve as, or be construed as, legal advice on the part of David Williams, Martin Rottler, or the P-56 Aviation Group. In any and all situations where you may find yourself under investigation by the FAA for a violation of the FARs, you should seek legal counsel for advice pertaining to your situation.