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Wed, Jun 27, 2012

Riggs' Probation Revoked By A California Court

Had Been Ordered To Perform 60 Days Of Beach Cleanup, Now 20 More

You probably recall that David Riggs, who has had more than one run-in with the FAA, had been found guilty of a stunt in which he buzzed the Santa Monica Pier in an L-39 Albatros on November 6, 2008. A judge found him guilty of recklessly operating an aircraft under the California Public Utilities Code, and sentenced him to a $900 fine, 60 days in jail, of which he served a day due to overcrowding, and three years probation.

The sentence was imposed in 2010.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Riggs' probation was revoked Monday because he has not yet completed his 60 days of community service cleaning up the beach he buzzed with his Soviet-era military training jet. The judge tacked on an additional 20 days, and gave him a new deadline of September 27, 2013. If he has not completed his community service by that date, he will be jailed for six months, and will have no opportunity to reduce his sentence for good behavior, through work programs, or pretty much anything else that would shorten his time in jail.

Since buzzing the pier, Riggs has been connected with a fatal accident which occurred in Boulder City, NV that fatally injured another pilot and a passenger in an L-39. The FAA is looking into whether Riggs and the other pilot illegally sold rides to the public in the airplanes.

FMI: www.lasuperiorcourt.org, www.aviationcriminal.com

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