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Helicopter Mechanic Sentenced for Making False Statements on Maintenance Records

On October 14, John Henry Ford, who formerly held an FAA Airframe and Power Plant (A&P) Certificate and was the owner/mechanic of Raco Helicopters Corp., based at Monmouth County NJ Airport, Farmingdale, NJ, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Trenton, NJ to five months in a community correctional center, five months home detention, a total of ten years probation (during which he may have nothing to do with the aviation industry), and was ordered to pay $7,700 in fines and restitution. In April, Ford pled guilty to felony charges of making false statements related to helicopter maintenance records. In 2001 and 2003, FAA had revoked Ford’s A&P Certificates. Our investigation found that during that time, he had continued to perform helicopter maintenance without the requisite supervision and falsified inspection dates, even though he was not certified to perform inspections. FAA assisted in this investigation.