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Pennsylvania Certified Flight Instructor Sentenced for Falsifying Medical Certificate

On May 25, 2011, Joseph Konrad, a commercial pilot and FAA certified flight instructor, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 6-months home confinement, followed by 30-months of probation, and $2,600 in fines, for the falsification of his FAA flight medical certificate.  Mr. Konrad admitted that he intentionally failed to disclose a disqualifying medical condition to the FAA.  Mr. Konrad also was prohibited from applying for a pilot license for a period of three years. 


In 2007, 2008, and 2009,  Mr. Konrad intentionally failed to disclose his diagnosed substance abuse and mental disorder on his FAA flight medical application.  Mr. Konrad worked as a flight instructor in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and provided more than 100 training sessions while operating with false medical certificates.  Mr. Konrad admitted that he did not disclose his disqualifying medical condition to the FAA for fear the FAA would revoke his commercial pilot and flight instructor licenses.

This investigation was conducted jointly with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.