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Private Pilot Pleads Guilty to Providing False Statements to the FAA

On February 20, 2013, Stephen Novak, a private pilot, pled guilty in United States District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, to a charge of making false statements to the FAA in connection with obtaining a pilot's medical certificate.

Novak failed to report several alcohol related criminal offenses during his airman medical re-certification.  During the follow-up interview by the FAA, Novak claimed he had been abstinent from consuming alcohol since 2008.  However, a review of criminal records disclosed Novak had two driving under the influence convictions after 2008, and three in a five year period which would have disqualified him from obtaining an airman medical certificate; a requirement for a pilot's license.

Sentencing has been set for May 23, 2013.