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Iowa Individual Pleads Guilty to Operating an Aircraft Without an Airman’s Certificate

On May 3, 2021, Keith Thomas pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa to operating an aircraft without an airman’s certificate. On January 21, Thomas was indicted by a Federal grand jury for knowingly and willfully serving as the pilot-in-command of an aircraft without having an airman's certificate. The investigation revealed that on June 20, 2018, while operating a Cessna twin engine aircraft, Thomas encountered problems with the aircraft and made an emergency landing. After, it was determined that Thomas did not have a valid Federal Aviation Administration-issued airman’s certificate.