Being a pilot is a job with a great deal of responsibility, and the FAA hold pilots to a very high standard. As a result, if you end up with a DUI offense, you may face additional consequences in your career, along with the penalties and restrictions mandated by Florida law.
Understanding your obligations if you receive a DUI is crucial to maintaining your ability to be a pilot. If you don’t follow protocol, you face serious consequences that can end your career.
What to do if you receive a DUI
As a pilot, you’re obligated by federal law to report any DUI incidents to the FAA. It’s important to understand the details behind this. You must report the DUI to the Security and Investigative Division of the FAA in writing within 60 days of the conviction or your license being restricted.
You must report not just a DUI or DWI conviction but also any restriction of your license caused by a DUI charge. If you are later convicted, you’ll need to make a separate notification. Also, make sure you notify the FAA, not your local FSDO. Only notifying the federal branch of the FAA counts as compliance.
Consequences of a DUI for a pilot
The consequences of receiving a DUI can vary depending on the circumstances. If you’ve been charged or convicted of multiple DUIs, you’ll likely receive a harsher judgment against you. However, if you’ve been compliant with reporting rules and can demonstrate that you don’t have alcohol issues, you may be able to maintain your license and your job. However, an employer has the right to terminate your employment above and beyond any FAA sanctions after learning of a DUI.
Getting a DUI as a pilot carries with it additional penalties and obligations along with the standard penalties. In order to increase your chances of keeping your license, it’s vital to follow self-reporting regulations.