Pilot's License Issues

Being stopped for DUI can have serious repercussions if you also hold a pilot's license. Here is information that you need to know if you are an airman and you have a DUI or alcohol issue facing you. First, let's look at the specific regulations that govern the actions taken against airmen who are arrested for suspicion of drunk driving.

A good place to start to learn more is at the Federal Aviation Authority. Their site has sample notification letters and FAQ's. www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ash/ash_programs/investigations/airmen_duidwi/

Code of Federal Regulations 91.17
Code of Federal Regulations 91.17, pertaining to the use of drugs and alcohol by pilots, declares no person may operate or attempt to operate an airplane or aircraft, including helicopters, hot air balloons, gliders, etc. within 8 of hours of alcohol consumption, and/or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or with a BAC of .04% or above, or while ingesting any drug affecting safety adversely.

Federal Aviation Regulation (CFR) 61.15
FAA Regulation 14 CFR 61.15 requires that all pilots and airmen remit a Letter of Notification Letter to the Federal Aviation Administration's Security and Investigations Division no later than 60 calendar days after a conviction or administrative penalty, such as DMV Admin Per Se License Suspension, for an alcohol or drug related offense, the effective date of an alcohol- related conviction or administrative action.

Separate Notification Letters for DMV & Court Actions
Each event, conviction or administrative action requires a separate Notification Letter. For example, an airman's driver license may be suspended at the time of arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol for either failing a blood/breath test or refusing to submit to a test. In this case, the airman must send a Notification Letter regarding the suspension, and then must send a second Notification Letter if the alcohol related offense results in a conviction. (Note: Even though the airman sent two notification letters, the FAA views the suspension and conviction as one alcohol-related incident.)

For more information, I invite you to visit our site and then feel free to call with any additional questions you may have. http://www.phillipsduidefense.com/dui-and-pilots-license/

Michael Phillips