I’m not issuing a blanket criticism of those engaged in the legal profession, flyboy. I work with attorneys on a regular basis, and have a fairly good understanding of the criminal justice system. I’m simply suggesting that since the FAA had solid grounds for issuing its emergency revocation order the details of which are now a matter of public record Riggs’ attorney’s denial of any wrongdoing is a pretty amateurish defense strategy in my book. Admittedly, the revocation order was a matter of federal administrative law, and the crime of which Riggs is accused here is a municipal criminal offense. But I’m willing to wager that the Santa Monica D.A. will introduce the FAA’s revocation order as evidence of wrongdoing.
Anyway, if anybody’s interested, there’s a decent write-up by an aviation attorney of the FAA case and subsequent appeal located here.
The only action the FAA took after knowing about Riggs and his exploits since 2004, is they revoked his pilot certificate and fired one of the inspectors that did the investigation. Mike McCarthy (AWP-200) at the Western Pacific Region and his minions such as Naomi Tsuda (AWP-7) are running amok, building their own personal empires at taxpayer expense and making sure that idiots like Riggs continue to endanger the public.
Go to www.incredible-adventures.com. He is still listed as one of the top aces. He never had anything more than a Private Pilot certificate, and yet he touts that he is a Hollywood stunt pilot and overall gift to the aviation community.
The message hear is loud and clear: If you do your job too well as a Federal Employee, you will get fired. The other message is: If you are David Riggs or someone like him, come on over, we’ll (The FAA) protect you and your illegal commercial operation, no matter how much you endanger the public.
This creep needs to go back to prison so that he never cheats anyone else out of their savings, or crashes his aircraft into a schoolyard somewhere when his shoddily maintained piece of junk aircraft comes apart.