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FAA Safety Manager Pleads Guilty to False Statement on FAA Application

On November 27, John R. Black, an aviation safety program manager in FAA's Spokane, WA Flight Standards District Office, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Spokane, WA, to making a false statement on his 2004 airman medical application. Black failed to disclose a doctor's visit on a form required by the FAA. This omission was material because it would have revealed Black's use of a number of disqualifying medications. FAA considered Black a "national resource" pilot for the Falcon jet because of his knowledge and expertise with this type of aircraft. His duties include conducting proving flights for Falcon jet pilots approximately once a month. Black has resigned from the FAA.