May 30, 2012
By Warren Silberman
I’ve heard rumors in the pilot community that airmen shouldn’t consent to a breathalyzer test if they are suspected of an alcohol- or drug-related offense while operating a motor vehicle.
Don’t believe those rumors. If this happens to you, allow the officer to perform the test. Otherwise, this is called a “refusal” to test, which the FAA considers equivalent to a significant positive alcohol test result. The FAA will require you to be evaluated by a substance abuse specialist.
There are two important requirements if you’re suspected of this type of offense:
Pilot Health and Medical,
Pilot Protection Services,
AOPA Products and Services,
Aviation Medical Examiner,
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