The Australian fake pilot managed to fly 856 times with false qualifications that he had designed with a photocopier – he crashed once with his plane and flew high-voltage lines
- The man from Queensland, Lachlan Jones, 28, did not pass his pilot exam 20 times
- Jones then went to the United States and passed the test within a few days
- He said he is forging his driver's license because he is a & # 39; idiot & # 39; was unable to pass the exam
- Jones hoped to follow in the footsteps of his family who are airmen
A self-proclaimed idiot failed his pilot exams 20 times before using a photocopier to fake his credentials to fly only on high-voltage lines.
Lachlan Jones flew 856 times in his career for five different agricultural companies between 2013 and 2015 without qualifications, a court heard.
He had made 23 attempts to pass the seven required theoretical exams, but according to him passed three The Australian.
Desperate to get his wings, the resident of St George left Australia for the US in 2012, where he obtained a commercial pilot's license within a few days.
He had to complete a simple multiple choice questionnaire with a success rate of 70 percent to obtain the American license.
28-year-old self-admitted & # 39; idiot & # 39; pilot Lachlan Jones faked his license using a photocopier and & # 39; his plane crashed into electricity & # 39; before he flew 856 times in his career
& # 39; The US license did not require the defendant to meet the same requirements as an Australian Commercial Pilot & # 39; s License, & # 39; said the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in court.
CASA researcher Paul Campbell said Jones was & # 39; dangerous & # 39; pilot with limited options.
& # 39; There are indications that he was dangerously piloting an aircraft and was responsible for an aircraft crash in the US and he was flying in an electrical wire in Australia & # 39 ;, said Mr. Campbell.
When Jones returned to Australia, he mocked an Australian Commercial Pilot & # 39; s License using a photocopier and started working.
& # 39; He said he did this (forfeits his license) because he was an idiot and because he had trouble with the exams, although he now passed them, & # 39; said CASA.
Jones narrowly avoided jail when confronted by the Brisbane court for providing false information to CASA, forging a Commonwealth document and driving an airplane without a valid license.
After he rejected the Australian Commercial Pilot License Test 23 times, he went to the United States, where he took his test in a few days
The court heard Jones, who still proudly shows different images of airplanes and images of himself flying with passengers, came from a long family history of agricultural pilots and was under pressure to follow the same career.
Jones has registered 5,500 flying hours on a private pilot's license, for which he is officially qualified and has not had a crash since the incident with the high-voltage lines.
Judge Paul Smith chose to be indulgent towards the man, but said that he still takes seriously all offenses, which had a maximum sentence for imprisonment, and notes that the situation was unique.
The court heard Jones, who still proudly shows different images of planes and images (as above) of himself flying with passengers, was from a long family history of agricultural pilots and was under pressure to follow the same career
He considered the pressure of his family, in addition to his valid private license and American commercial pilot's license, his lack of previous violations and his complete confessions in the debt judgment.
Despite his flight career consisting of hundreds of flights, Jones also mainly flew himself in commercial operations.
Jones was saved from jail with a six-month jail sentence for providing false and misleading information to CASA and was fined $ 10,000 for the five counts of flying without a valid license for a commercial pilot.
Lachlan Jones was approached for comment.
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