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Helicopter pilot who loses drivers license due to impaired driving simply flies instead of drives


A Toronto man who lost his license due to an alcohol impaired driving conviction stopped driving - and started flying.  The gentleman was convicted in 2005 and apparently wrecked his helicopter on landing in April of this year.  There is no suggestion that alcohol played a role in the helicopter incident.  

Apparently in Canada, there is no requirement to report a DUI conviction to the government when you also hold a pilot's license.  In contrast, if a Denver pilot had been subjected to either an administrative revocation of his license or was convicted of a DUI, there is a requirement to report these results to the FAA within 60 days.  The FAA can then decide what to do with the pilot's license.  Failure to self report a DUI suspension or conviction can result in loss of a pilot's license.

If you have been accused of a DUI in Denver, please consult with an attorney to discuss your options.