Pilot pleads guilty to faking log book

A Waterloo man has admitted he lied about the number of hours he spent in pilot training when he applied for a pilot licence in Ottumwa.

Fahad Nabeel Hussein Al-Daous, 33, pled guilty to one count of making false statements to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The application reflected over 90 hours of pilot in command hours and 41 hours of cross-county pilot-in-command hours that al-Daous did not fly.

Al-Daous is currently free on bond, but could be sentenced with a maximum five years imprisionment and $250,000 fine.

Complete Press Release from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa

Fahad Nabeel Hussein Al-Daous, age 33, from Waterloo, Iowa, appeared in federal court in Des Moines on Friday, May 4, 2012, and pled guilty to one count of making a false statement to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), announced Nicholas A. Klinefeldt, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa.

In the filed plea agreement, Al-Daous admitted falsely inflating the number of training flight hours listed on instrument-rated pilotâ??s license applications he filed in Ottumwa, Iowa, on May 21 and May 27, 2011. Al-Daous also falsified his FAA-required logbook in support of his instrument-rated pilot license applications. Al-Daousâ?? logbook reflected approximately 90.3 hours of pilot-in-command hours and 41.1 hours of cross-county pilot-in-command hours that he did not actually fly.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey is scheduled in Des Moines on August 22, 2012, at 9:30 am. Al-Daous remains free on bond previously set pending sentencing. The conviction carries a possible maximum sentence of 5 yearsâ?? imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and 3 years of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the United States Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and was prosecuted by the United States Attorneyâ??s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.