A&P gets four years in prison for parts scheme

 - October 8, 2008, 12:11 PM

Brian Snyder, owner and operator of aircraft repair business Smooth Landings, has been sentenced to 51 months in prison. Snyder pled guilty last April in U.S. District Court, Williamsport, Pa., to fraud involving aircraft parts and interstate transportation of stolen property. Snyder admitted he falsified numerous entries involving required inspections and repairs in FAA-regulated aircraft logbooks. He forged the names of licensed mechanics, backdated entries and falsified entries to conceal thefts and unauthorized replacement of parts on aircraft he repaired. In all, Snyder falsified approximately 247 entries involving 66 separate aircraft between November 2002 and January 2008. In addition, he admitted that he stole a Piper PA-32 from a Fort Lauderdale airport, transported it to Elysburg, Pa., and sold it.