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,
The movement to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process is gaining momentum in Congress and the aviation community.
The recent warrantless stops and searches of law-abiding pilots on general aviation flights have drawn the attention of mainstream media.
The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”
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