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03-12-2010, 05:25 AM
I received an underage for possession of alcohol (Code 6308) in Pennsylvania while tailgating at a ballgame. (I was not driving or near a car.) In addition to taking the alcohol program to get the charges dropped, I also lost my license for 3 months. When I turn 21 in June, the charge will be expunged from my record. I hold a Private and Instrument rating and am currently planning a career in aviation. What is the best way to go about this?
According to part 61.15 part (e), I am unsure if I have to report it to the FAA. Do I need to talk to a lawyer or just go ahead and report it myself?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
03-12-2010, 09:09 AM
I don't think its a reportable offense because it did not involve the operation of a motor vehicle. Better ask the FAA directly to get the official word. If it is reportable and you don't notify in 60 days then you have a problem.
03-12-2010, 09:26 AM
Read 61.15 Carefully. I don't think you have to report this to FAA security since it does not sound like a "motor vehicle action".
But you probably will have to report it on your next (or first) FAA medical application. This is a recent change, all arrests have to be reported IIRC. Again, read the form carefully.
I don't know of any FAA or federal exemptions for underage or juvenile matters, if they ask for it, better report it. If you have any doubts, contact an aviation attorney.
03-12-2010, 02:51 PM
I was cited with the same ticket in a different state. I also was sent to a program to get the charges dropped, but I did not lose my license. In December I went in to have my first class medical renewed, and found that the wording on the "reporting" question on the medical app had changed to get rid of the loophole that prevented myself from previously reporting it. The Doc advised I report it, and I did. A month later, I received a letter from the FAA that said they weren't worried about it, but any future offenses (DWI's since I'm over 21 and not a dumb kid anymore) will be a big problem, and that is a fine agreement to me! Long story short, the question inquiring about legal offenses has changed and asks if you have ever been in a educational class (to avoid being formally charged) and if you have ever lost your license. You have had both occur, so I would really consider fessing up but it is ultimately up to you- I don't want to make decisions for you just wanted to warn you about the change on the medical app so your not surprised like I was.
03-14-2010, 08:32 PM
I'll definitely pour it into a cup next time I tailgate. I appreciate the advice.
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