EDGAR CO. (ECWd) -
The "newly appointed" Edgar County Airport Advisory Board held its first meeting on September 2, 2014 to elect its officers and discuss other issues. Sources have told us that Adonna Bennett has tried claiming that she was still on the advisory board, even though that is not true.
During the public comment session (starting at the 3:18 mark in the video), Kirk Allen asked the new manager, Jerry Griffin, that since he was flight instructor certified whether or not he would give flight instruction as part of his duties as manager or on his own time. Mr. Griffin announced he would provide it on his own time.
Kirk went on to talk about the job application submitted by Mr. Griffin - never verified by the county prior to hiring him - and revealed that Mr. Griffin was not "currently certified" to fly or give flight instruction because his medical was 16 years out of date. According to the FAA, a medical is only good for 2 years if the individual is over 40 years old.
Further inaccuracies in the application include Griffin stating he performed "100 hour inspections of flight school airplanes", Allen noted that Griffin has never possessed an Airframe & Power-plant (A&P) or an Airframe Inspector (AI) certificate from the FAA and has never been authorized to inspect aircraft. His application also stated he was an "Aircraft Mechanic" from 2005 to 2010, but the problem is he can't do that either without an A&P Certification from the FAA.
After being called out on the lie about performing 100 hour inspections Mr. Griffin claimed something entirely different than what he put on his application as it was clear he knew what he claimed was not true!
His application also makes claim that he rebuilds antique airplanes and sells them. Yet another problem for MR. Griffin because doing that without an A&P license is something the FAA is very concerned about.
We do have evidence that he has been giving flight instruction to the person that bought Glen Hutchin's airplane, and that he had taken other people flying - all within the past couple of months.
Why did he feel the need to lie, or embellish, on his application? The remaining questions here is: Can you keep a person employed that lied on his application? Is this non-certified pilot who acknowledged he gives flight instruction out of the County Airport have insurance to do so? No is more than likely the answer for both questions, but this is Edgar County...
Rob Bogue talked about some of the recent airport history, and Jimmy Wells...well...what can I say, you can listen to it, but what he says is completely false.
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