3 ISSUES FOR JUST £3 Subscribe to Pilot Magazine today click here

Hot air balloon pilot fined £2,000 for forging medical certificates

PUBLISHED: 15:53 23 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:53 23 December 2015

A self-employed hot air balloon pilot has been successfully prosecuted by the CAA after it was discovered his aviation medical certificate had been forged. He was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay legal costs.

The pilot in question, David John Griffin admitted to two counts of using a forged Class 2 aviation medical certificate contrary to the Air Navigation Order 2009, with intent to deceive when he appeared at Salisbury Magistrates’ Court this week. The first offence related to a period between 5 July 2013 and 6 October 2013, followed by a further offence for a period between 11 April 2014 and 27 September 2014.

Following his guilty pleas Mr Griffin, 44, of Bowerhill, Melksham, Wiltshire, was fined £2,000, ordered to pay CAA costs of £538, the Criminal Courts charge of £180 and a victim surcharge of £200.

Mr Griffin’s deceit was uncovered when the CAA were carrying out a routine audit. During this process it became clear that the defendant had altered an old medical certificate.

The CAA says it ‘will be taking whatever steps are necessary to ensure aviation safety laws are fully complied with and this includes prosecution’.

More from News


Airways Aviation Academy, a global flight training academy, has signed an agreement to pre-order 10 Elixir training aircraft

Read more

Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) has been contracted by Skyborne, a brand new airline pilot training academy based in the UK, to deliver the world’s first fixed-base B737 MAX simulator for its new, state-of-the-art training centre at Gloucestershire Airport

Read more
Yesterday, 17:26

The society have already voiced their opposition to the CAA’s decision to impose controlled airspace around Farnborough Airfield and are now accepting donations to fund their challenge

Read more
Wed, 14:49

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) has launched a major inquiry into UK airspace and how it is managed with the report and hearings to be chaired by Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Long Wing variant of the Europa XS has received approval from the UK LAA. Europa are also offering a special discount on Long Wing kits

Read more
Monday, September 10, 2018

The CAA has identified an emerging trend of rough running Gypsy Major engines and even engine failures. These are believed to be caused by the use of 100LL avgas in Gypsy Major engines, and the CAA is contacting owners of aircraft powered by these engines with updated maintenance advice

Read more
Friday, September 7, 2018

FLARM Technology and uAvionix have announced a partnership to collaborate on Electronic Conspicuity (EC) and Detect and Avoid (DAA) solutions for manned and unmanned aircraft

Read more
Friday, September 7, 2018

Jon was awarded the scholarship at the LAA Rally which took place at Sywell Aerodrome over the first weekend on September

Read more
Friday, September 7, 2018

Here’s what’s happening across Great Britain for all of you aviation lovers this September

Read more
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Two new flying scholarships for 2019 are being offered by the Nick Davidson Memorial Trust charity based at London Biggin Hill Airport

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Pilot weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most Read

Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine