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Virginia Airport Employee Sentenced for Operating Aircraft Without an Airman’s Certificate

On April 23, 2021, the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced Ryan Parker to 14 months in prison, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. On January 22, Parker pleaded guilty to one count of operating an aircraft without an airman’s certificate. The indictment alleged that in September 2018, Parker operated an airplane without authorization. Parker had previously operated an aircraft cleaning business, which gave him access to small aircraft at various regional airports in Virginia.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation.