August 8, 2018
Florida Man Indicted for Operating a Commercial Aircraft without a Valid Pilot's License
On August 8, 2018, Christopher Woods was indicted in U.S. District Court, Orlando, Florida, for conducting commercial flights without a valid airman’s certificate and making false statements to Federal agents.
The indictment alleges that on July 11, 2017, Woods operated as pilot in command of a commercial flight in Jacksonville, Florida, although he lacked an FAA airman certificate that authorized him to do so. When questioned by Federal agents, Woods falsely reported that he was licensed by FAA to conduct commercial flights.
DOT-OIG is working on this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and with FAA’s assistance.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.