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Private Pilot Pleads Guilty to Making a False Statement on FAA Applications for Airman Medical Certification

On September 26, 2007, John J. Schweitzer pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Salt Lake City, Utah, to one count of making false statements on his 2001, 2002, and 2003 airman’s medical applications. As part of the annual requirements to maintain a private license, before taking an aviation medical exam, a pilot must provide certain factual information in writing and certify that it is truthful and accurate. Pilots are required to disclose any non–traffic felony and misdemeanor convictions. Although Mr. Schweitzer responded that he had none, in fact, he had been convicted for distribution of cocaine in New Jersey in 1979 and also convicted in the Dominican Republic in 1980 after landing an airplane containing 1830 pounds of marijuana and 1,362 grams of cocaine. Schweitzer is scheduled to be sentenced on December 6, 2007.