Central Florida Aircraft Mechanic Sentenced for Fraudulent Aircraft Repairs
On January 22, 2015, Clive Ure of Leesburg, Florida, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Ocala, Florida, to12 months incarceration and two years supervised release for falsifying airworthiness documentation on a Cessna 337 propeller. Ure was also ordered to pay almost $68,000 in restitution to a private pilot and a flight school for failure to properly overhaul aircraft engines. Additionally, Ure was required to divest himself of any interest in his business and not to engage in any other business related to maintenance, repair, or the sale of aircraft or aircraft parts.
Ure, a certified Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant mechanic and owner of Aircraft Maintenance & Repair, Leesburg, Florida, sold the un-airworthy propeller via eBay to a customer in Oregon. Prior to selling the propeller, an FAA certified repair station informed Ure the propeller was no longer safe for flight. However, Ure utilized another repair station's information to falsify a logbook entry and approved the propeller for return to service. The FAA revoked Ure's mechanic and pilot certificates for life based on his criminal conviction.
This investigation was conducted with assistance from the FAA.