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FAA Safety Manager Fined for Making Statement on FAA Application

On March 28, John R. Black, a former aviation safety program manager in FAA's Spokane, Washington, Flight Standards District Office, was fined $1,000 and ordered to serve 3 years probation by a U.S. District Court judge in Spokane for failing to report disqualifying prescription medications on his 2004 airman medical application. Black pleaded guilty on November 27, 2006 to a charge of making a false statement on his FAA Airman Medical Application. FAA considered Black a "national resource" pilot for the Falcon jet because of his knowledge and expertise with this type of aircraft. Black's duties included conducting proving flights for Falcon jet pilots approximately once a month. Black resigned from the FAA after his indictment in June 2006.