Pilot denies unsafe takeoff charge

MARTY SHARPE
Last updated 11:50 13/02/2013

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A Napier pilot is facing fines of up to $12,000 for allegedly flying out of Napier in a careless manner in bad weather.

Name suppression lapsed for John Tucker in Napier District Court today.

Tucker, 46, has been charged by the Civil Aviation Authority for flying a Piper Cherokee when the cloud ceiling was not 300feet and visibility was not more than 1500metres on September 24 last year.

The maximum fine for the offence is $5000.

He is also charged with operating an aircraft carelessly, which carries a maximum fine of $7000.

Tucker has pleaded not guilty and the matter will go to a hearing in June.

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- The Dominion Post

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