FAA wants man’s tower operator papers

By Patsy R. Brumfield

Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Federal Aviation Administration wants the control tower operator’s certificate of a Tupelo man after he allegedly tested positive for marijuana.

In a 10-page complaint filed Monday, the government demands that Jeffrey Lee Dick of 1226 Robin Cove, Tupelo, surrender his certificate to the Fort Worth, Texas, office of the FAA.

“Despite numerous demands” from the FAA, Dick has not done so, the filing states.

Dick could not be reached by the Daily Journal for comment.

In addition to the certificate, the government said that Dick has subjected himself to civil penalties of up to $1,100 per day since May 22.

The FAA said $5,000 is “an appropriate” penalty for his failure to comply with the April 22 order of revocation.

In the attached order of revocation, the FAA claims that while Dick was an air traffic controller employed by Robinson Aviation Inc., he tested positive for marijuana during a random exam conducted Oct. 13, 2010.

The report also notes that Dick told a medical review officer he was not taking certain prescribed medication and could not provide the doctor with a “legitimate medical explanation” for the test result.

He was removed from safety-sensitive duty Oct. 18, 2010, and terminated the same day.

Dick had until 20 days after April 22 to appeal the order.