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Aviation Repair Station Owner Convicted of Improper Repair and Service of Aircraft Propellers

On June 21, former aviation repair station owner, John W. Downs, was found guilty of charges of fraud and making false statements involving aircraft parts following a three-day trial in U.S. District Court in Dallas, Texas. Downs owned Millennium Propeller System, Inc., a now-defunct aircraft propeller maintenance business in Lancaster, Texas. According to testimony at trial, Downs and his company made undocumented alterations to propellers on aircraft used for non-commercial use, installed unserviceable parts on aircraft propellers, and continued to perform repairs after the company's repair station certificate had been revoked. Sentencing is scheduled for September 21.