Would-Be Mechanic Tries To Bribe Examiner


A Las Vegas air maintenance student has pleaded guilty to trying to bribe his way through the final exam. Frank A. Jalion Amaro, 21, offered an FAA designated mechanic examiner Duluth, Georgia, $2500 for a passing grade on the test. The examiner immediately reported the bribery attempt and it was turned into a sting operation. Amaro sent the examiner a $500 deposit and the examiner told him to show up for the test in Duluth on Dec. 16 with the final payment of $2,000.

Charges weren’t laid until March but Amaro will not be fixing airplanes for a living. Todd Damiani, a special agent with the Department of Transportation’s inspector general’s office, told The Associated Press he commended the examiner’s quick action and the organization of the sting to prevent “aircraft maintenance certification of an unethical and ill-qualified individual.”

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. So many people (fortunately not everyone) are looking for a shortcut or a way to get somethin’ for nothin’. Sad that some actually get away with it but hopefully this young person learned a valuable life lesson and will learn from the error of his ways and turn his life around.