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Pilot fined £175,000 for falsifying licence and acting as a pilot without an appropriate licence

A private pilot has been convicted of two charges of knowingly making false entries to his pilot's licence, and one charge of acting as a pilot without an appropriate licence on seven flights.

David Harbottle, of Lancing, West Sussex, was convicted of the charges yesterday (6 July 2021) following a trial at Brighton Magistrates' Court. He was fined £50,000 for each of the false entries, and a further £75,000 for acting as a pilot without an appropriate licence. He was also ordered to pay costs to the Civil Aviation Authority of £16,500 and to pay a £120 victim charge. The fines and charges total £191,620.

Commenting on the case, a spokesperson for the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “The Civil Aviation Authority's prosecution, the subsequent convictions and substantial fines show that the CAA and the Courts treat offending of this kind with the upmost severity.”

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