FAA clears Utah helicopter pilot

 - October 9, 2006, 5:27 AM

Salt Lake City helicopter pilot Jeremy Johnson, 29, was cleared of all alleged FAR infractions in connection with his Santa Clara River flood rescue flights and subsequent fund-raising helicopter rides in his Robinson R44 in January. The FAA had notified Johnson that he had violated FARs by failing to give adequate notice before offering the rides and when he carried hazardous materials (explosives at therequest of a rescue coordinator to break up river blockage). The FAA dropped the charges after Johnson took a pilotrefresher course and obtained a commercial certificate. The FAA also received many letters supporting Johnson.