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Washington Man Sentenced to 31 Days in Jail for Flying without Valid Airman Certificate

On Aug 5, Kenneth Wayne Leaming (a/k/a Keny Wayne), of Spanaway, WA, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, WA to 31 days jail time served and fined $1,000 for flying an airplane without a valid airman certificate. Leaming, who pled guilty to the charge in March 2005, has never held a pilot’s license, but operated his privately owned and unregistered Cessna aircraft on multiple occasions between 2002 and 2004 - a threat to aviation safety. The case was investigated with assistance from the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, and the FAA.