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What happens when a pilot gets a DUI?

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2023 | Dui/dwai |

Getting a DUI is bad for anyone living in Colorado, but it’s particularly troubling when your entire career is on the line. Such is the case for pilots as well as many other professionals in the transit and transportation industries. Anyone who wants to fly a plane should understand the potential consequences of this kind of conviction.

Report convictions to appropriate authorities

Professional aviators are required to report DUI convictions to certain federal authorities within a relatively short time-frame. As a pilot, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the basic reporting requirements following a conviction.

According to the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARS), pilots must report a conviction on their official medical application and separately notify the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The federal regulations detail the items that must be submitted to the FAA Civil Action Security Division in Oklahoma City following such an incident.

Consequences of first versus repeat offenses

As is often the case with consequences related to DUI offenses for professionals, there can be a huge difference between a first, second and third offense. While the penalties ultimately depend on the proceedings and outcome of each individual case, pilots getting their first DUI are more likely to retain licenses necessary for their career than one with multiple offenses.

Protect your career with good choices

The potential of life and career-changing consequences should make everyone think twice before risking a DUI. Navigating the rapid process of hearings, appeals and reporting is also difficult even at the best of times. Since this kind of conviction has high personal cost and can weigh heavily on a pilot’s record, it’s something you should take definite steps to avoid.

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