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Flight Instructor Sentenced for Falsely Claiming to Hold Valid FAA Certificate

On May 13, Douglas Lee Pavelka was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Dayton, OH to pay $1,000 and perform 100 hours of community service for falsifying an FAA ‘Instructor’s Recommendation’ which indicated that his Flight Instructor Certificate was valid. Pavelka admitted to altering the expiration dates on his FAA-issued ‘Flight Instructor Certificate’ and ‘Medical Certificate’, which actually expired in November 1999 and January 2002 respectively; both certificates remained invalid. Between December 1999 and January 2004, Pavelka recommended certification for 34 FAA pilot licenses. FAA has determined that retesting of the applicants is not required, as their certification testing was performed by other FAA-designated examiners.