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    Vincent, from PlasticPilot.net

    I think the reaction of most people in the industry would depend on the kind of acts that we're talking about. Non-violent sounds not so bad. And as long as the stolen stuff was not stolen in a professional context, that's also no drama.

    I however would like to add a question, from a European point of view. As you may know, I use to work for ATC, so I have several badges giving me access to "secured" parts of the airports, and some "sensitive" buildings. These are not issued by the authorities but by the companies running the airports and the ATC companies. They systematically require a criminal record before issuing them.

    Does the FAA / airport authorities in the US do the same ? I know of some colleagues who had non-empty criminal records and got authorized (see remark above).

    As Max correctly pointed out, it's all a question of doing what's necessary, which can cost a lot of time, effort, and money.

    Pat Flannigan

    There's hope for the guy. I know of a few regional airline pilots with criminal records several years in the past. In each case, they are outstanding individuals who seem to have come quite a long way since their early adult lives and take full responsibility of their actions.

    Max is right: in an interview, you have to be honest and up-front about everything. And the claim that you were "with the wrong crowd" could send up a red flag in the interviewers eyes. If you were "with the wrong captain," will you throw safety to the wind? A-la Pinnacle flight 3701: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinnacle_Airlines_Flight_3701

    I think it's important to keep in mind that even if an airline job doesn't pan out, the likelyhood of being hired elsewhere is much higher. He/she can become a career flight instructor, freight-dawg, or fly charter/corporate. All of which are rewarding and challenging careers.

    Jim FitzGerald

    I think the posts above are helpful but still leave doubt. I am trying to put myself in your shoes. First I would put my story together and make it solid. I made an error in judgment and learned. Second I would contact the FAA and ask them for either a ruling or an opinion (risky in that what they tell you won't be binding). Third, I would contact an attorney from the AOPA and ask them about my chances. Lastly, I would keep my grades up as that might make the biggest statement that the past should be left behind.


    I think it's great that you spent the time to offer such detailed responses. Clearly there is hope for him, if he perseveres and handles himself carefully. I hope it works out.

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