December 2005- Some years ago I was listening to a conversation among a few pilots and happened to overhear the statement, “How do they find out?” This was in reference to a situation that happened to a pilot/aircraft owner as a result of an “error” in judgment that concerned operation of an un-airworthy aircraft.
While no accident occurred, a mechanical malfunction put the situation in the spotlight, an investigation took place and the facts were quickly uncovered. This individual faced an enforcement action and the knowledge of this spread among the local aviators.
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