Judge slams pilot for flying without medical

Last updated 05:00 30/04/2014

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An Arrowtown farmer, developer and pilot twice flew without a valid medical certificate.

Roger Francis Monk, 67, of Lake Hayes, appeared before Judge Christina Cook in the Queenstown District Court yesterday on two charges of operating an aircraft without a class 2 medical certificate and two of using a licence without a biennial flight review.

Monk admitted the charges and The judge imposed an overall fine of $3000.

"You took the deliberate step of flying," she said.

The offences occurred on April 26 and June 2 last year. Civil Aviation Authority lawyer Chris Macklin's summary of facts said Monk was the owner of a Cessna 180 Skywagon, based at the Arrowtown airstrip and used for farming and whitebaiting.

Monk suffered a stroke in May 2003 and was told he would not pass a class 2 medical certificate. He chose not to renew it and did not inform the authority, the summary said.

His pilot licence was issued in 1982 and his last medical check was November 2002 but the certificate expired in December 2003.

A private pilot must hold a class 2 medical certificate and a flight review involves checking manoeuvres and procedures applicable to the licence type.

Monk's lawyer said it was never a case of his client sitting back as he admitted the offending, did not hide anything and it was his first time before a court.

The farmer is one of the owners of undeveloped land seeking a private plan change to extend Arrowtown's urban boundary.

Originally, the backers wanted to develop 226 residences on 31 hectares of land labelled "Arrowtown south" but developers have returned to court to ask for a reconsideration with fewer sections.

 

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- The Southland Times

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