FAA revokes certificate of Sheaffer

The FAA has revoked the airman certificate of Hayden L. Sheaffer, who was pilot in command of the Cessna 150 that violated the restricted airspace around the nation’s capital on Wednesday, May 11. He was required to surrender his certificate immediately to the FAA and will not be permitted to fly for at least one year. At the conclusion of that year, he can apply for a new certificate, which will be issued only if he passes a written and a practical test, FAA officials said. Sheaffer has the right to make an immediate appeal to the National Transportation Safety Board, which he plans to do.

The FAA determined that no action is warranted against the aircraft’s passenger, who holds a student pilot certificate.

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