Drunk Pilot Sentenced To Prison | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited-04.15.19

Airborne UnManned-04.16.19

Airborne Unlimited-04.17.19

AMA Drone Report-04.18.19

Airborne Unlimited-04.19.19

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne Unlimited-04.15.19

Airborne UnManned-04.16.19

Airborne Unlimited-04.17.19

AMA Drone Report-04.18.19

Airborne Unlimited-04.19.19

ANN's AEA 2019 LIVE Coverage Archive: www.airborne-live.net -- Don't Miss It!

Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Drunk Pilot Sentenced To Prison

'It's Been Embarrassing,' The New Jersey Pilot Said

A pilot who was pulled off an airplane in Traverse City, MI in August of last year has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for operating an aircraft while intoxicated.

The incident occurred before the plane left Traverse City, and his lawyer tried to argue that the pilot, 35-year-old Sean Michael Fitzgerald, had not operated the airplane under the influence because it had been sitting at the gate and no passengers had boarded when he was removed from the aircraft with a blood-alcohol level of 0.34 percent. The legal limit for pilots is 0.02 percent.

The Michigan news website MLive reports that Fitzgerald was convicted of operating a common carrier under the influence of alcohol. He was sentenced October 13th, and must surrender to a federal prison within 10 weeks. That would give him an opportunity to appeal the conviction based on his attorney's unusual defense.

Cherry Capital Airport, where the incident occurred, has suffered a negative economic impact of some $4.5 million due to the publicity surrounding the incident, according to airport manager Kevin Klein.

Fitzgerald was ordered to pay  $5,500 in fines. Once he is released from prison, he will be supervised for three years during which time he may not operate an aircraft or drive any type of vehicle for hire.

For his part, Fitzgerald said he simply wanted to apologize to everyone. "It's been embarrassing, the worst 14 months of my life," he said. The judge said at the sentencing that Fitzgerald is an "intelligent, well-spoken, still-young man" who can will have an opportunity to recover after he serves his time.

FMI: Original report

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 04.19.19: Spin Record Attempt, Falcon Heavy, BendixKing

Also: TBM 910 Model Year 2019, Gone West: Owen Garriott, Parrot ANAFI Thermal, SpaceIL $1 Million Aerobatic pilot Spencer Suderman is gearing up to attempt a new world record for t>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 04.16.19: Wing Delivers, SpaceIL Attempt, Utah Legislature

Also: AUVSI Keynote Speakers, CA SAR Upgrades, UAVOS Advanced Data Link, FLIR Invests Google’s ‘Wing’ has launched a drone delivery service in North Canberra, Aus>[...]

AMA Drone Report 04.18.19: Flt Over People, Not Drone Fault, FAA ANPRM

Also: Gatwick Drone 'Chaos', Fenway Park Foolishness, Utah Legislature, Parrot ANAFI Thermal AMA has responded to the FAA's NPRM on the Operation of sUAS Over People. Overall, the >[...]

Airborne 04.19.19: Spin Record Attempt, Falcon Heavy, BendixKing

Also: TBM 910 Model Year 2019, Gone West: Owen Garriott, Parrot ANAFI Thermal, SpaceIL $1 Million Aerobatic pilot Spencer Suderman is gearing up to attempt a new world record for t>[...]

Airborne 04.01.19: ANN's Infamous April 1st Episode! Drone Skeet, ADS-B Boots...

Also: AOPA Hacking EAA Drone Show?, Campbell Joins SnF Board, Jet Teams Go Retro, Methane-Power, YUP... its THAT time of year again! This is ANN's infamous April First Episode... s>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2019 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC