GA Safety on NTSB Most Wanted List

So the NTSB released their Most Wanted List and Safety is named .. as it should be. You can read a full article here.

I just want to address one portion of it.

And not only are pilots dying due to human error and inadequate training, but also they are frequently transporting their families who suffer the same tragic fate.

And there should be a mechanism for identifying at-risk pilots and addressing risks so that both the pilot and passengers can safely fly.

Well hello. It just blows my mind that they list this when we are right HERE begging them to do something about a rogue pilot who has continuously and habitually proven himself to be an “at risk” pilot. And who has continuously and habitually put innocent passengers in his planes with him.

Not only risky, dangerous, stupid flights (see previous videos and stories) but ILLEGAL, breaking FARs ALL THE TIME.

And yet they have done nothing.

What kind of faith can you have in a group that says that, and yet DOES NOTHING.

How about a report on the L-39 crash in Boulder City that KILLED a passenger who paid for an ILLEGAL FLIGHT? A flight that was arranged by DAVE RIGGS and his company Mach One? How about all those paid flights with people before he even had a commercial pilot license?

How about the illegal flights he’s been selling as “Fighter Combat” flights and then allegedly doing them in a LANCAIR?

The hypocrisy, idiocy, stupidity and utter recklessness of these governmental groups leaves one astounded and disgusted.

And is Riggs the only one doing these kinds of things? Based on the emails and messages I’ve received that say “next you should look into “x”, I can say with confidence..not.

And will anything change? I don’t have much faith.

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Dave Riggs illegal flights 2007

In 2007 David Riggs did not have a commercial pilot license. Even IF flights in L-39s for hire were legal he still would not have been legal to do this.

The text very specifically states that DAVE RIGGS WAS THE PILOT. Notice the Mach 1 logo at the beginning. 750 km/h 6 feet off the deck. Stupid, irresponsible, dangerous. Those are the words that come to mind.

FAA you truly are worthless. What does it take for you to take action? This stuff is out there and is free and easy to find.

What is it going to take? Who is being paid off? Or are you all just truly THAT unconcerned with rules and safety?

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Dave Riggs pilot – and danger

Someone tell me how this guy is still alive. While some will see this picture and think “WOW! Great!” I look at it and think “Wow! Dumbass!” And this dear readers is the guy who is allegedly selling dog fight rides in THIS plane. And this is the guy who said he is the new “FAA Posterboy for safety”

Am I the ONLY one who sees something wrong here?

This picture was taken in China and it’s true that the rules there are different, but I’ve seen video footage of him doing the same thing through the desert in the L-39.

WHY is this guy still flying?

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6 months and counting

We are just a few days shy of 6 months since the accident of N39WT which resulted in the death of pilot Doug Gillis and passenger Richard A. Winslow. So far, I’ve seen nothing happen. The NTSB preliminary report stated that “A group of eight people had paid for a flight package. The flight was to be 45 minutes long, and at the end of the flight each passenger would be provided a film of their flight.” So we know the flight was illegal because selling flights in an experimental exhibition airplane is against FAA regulations. As I’ve stated for over a year and as others have reported for many years, to deaf ears.

We also know, according to the report:
“Mach 1 Aviation and Incredible Adventures operated the flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.”

Interesting things here. Mach 1 Aviation is in California. And is in bankruptcy. (It’s Mach ONE Aviation in Nevada that is suing me).
Incredible Adventures is still highly advertising the flights which in my world shows no sense of responsibility or care for the deaths.

Sources have told me that allegedly Dave Riggs also removed the camera from the crashed plane before the FAA and NTSB arrived. Which means there is potentially evidence missing.

And yet, they’ve done nothing.

I’ve heard from two more people who state they reported these flights to the FAA, and complained about them. And were ignored.

In the meantime, Dave Riggs has started the Fighter Combat nonsense. Apparently flights being conducted in Lancairs. For pay. Doing something that the Lancair is NOT built for.

I was also told that one of the planes potentially doing these flights was involved in a prop strike recently. So what does that say for the unsuspecting individual paying good money for these flights.

Dave Riggs was also allegedly caught using a BUCKET as a seat in one of his planes. This gives you an idea of the maintenance he does.

Myself and Aero-News have both heard from a few people who ended up cancelling the flights when they either couldn’t get straight answers from the outfit or discovered that flights in experimental planes are not legal. But what of the others.

Does someone at the FAA really think that this is not worth investigating or are they just truly so inept that they can’t figure out how to investigate it?

For a person (group) to so blatantly buck the rules and never be held accountable. Why do the legal companies even bother? If one of the legitimate Fighter Combat companies stopped filing the required paperwork they’d be shut down and fined before you even knew what happened. So one must ask, WHO is allowing Riggs to continue to thumb his nose at the authorities. And why?

At this point I don’t know, but there will come a day when we will find out.

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Investigation ongoing

I have been told that there IS an investigation ongoing regarding these flights. That investigation could get more than Riggs in trouble. Any pilots that are flying with him would also be looking at trouble because they would obviously also know that they are breaking regs. One can only hope.

Airborne 11/06/12:

http://aero-news.net/subscribe.cfm?do=video.playVideo&videoid=de7103e9-77ae-4ceb-8cff-67ec72876b7c

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Thank you for saving my life

Faux Fighter Combat Scam Alive and Well

Yeah, I’ve been hearing that as well.

Here’s a comment that was left here:

Thanks so much for posting this. I bought one of those groupons thinking it was offered through one of the reputible companies. It was after the purchase that I started doing a little digging myself and could find NOTHING on the company which made me suspicious. I have spoken with someone named Steve Carnoas on the phone and via e-mail from Fighter Combat inc. I have a flight scheduled for my boyfriend on September 30th (scheduled through groupon). I also asked Steve about the fact that there is little information on the web about his company. Here was his reply:

“Hi there

All the pilots are either ex military or civilian test pilots with close formation and aerobatic ratings. We have been doing this 10 years and mostly service contracts for this type of training by foreign military’s training in the USA and for film and TV. We have done about 1000 of these flights without incident

Don’t worry we will return your boyfriend to you in perfect condition with a smile that will last a minimum of 7 days ”

This gentleman has always been quick to respond to my e-mails and to calls regarding the scheduling process but again, not a whole lot of info provided. I also noticed all the Yelp reviews were filtered out except one that linked me to the aero news fraud story. I’ve since e-mailed groupon to see if they’ve heard anything from anyone that’s tried to use the deal.

Losing money is one thing (shame on me for not doing my homework BEFORE hitting “buy”) but my biggest concern would be my boyfriend getting in a plane with someone shady. THAT really scares me. Any further info you get, please pass it along to me and I will do likewise.

Thanks!

Here’s an email I received:

Hello!

I purchased this on LivingSocial:

http://www.livingsocial.com/deals/440008-fighter-pilot-air-combat-experience?show_missed=true

For my husband’s birthday. We did have an appointment set up for this upcoming
Friday. Fortunately, my husband did some research because he wanted to simply know
more about the plane that would be used. Instead he found out way more about Riggs
than we ever would have imagined.

I emailed LivingSocial last night and today demanding a refund.

I will let you know how that goes.

Thank you for informing people.

****** Why is it that only myself and Aero News are the only ones who will stand up to this guy? Do all of the experimental pilots/owners out there really think this is OK? This is NO BIG DEAL? How many people are going to have to get ripped off, or worse, die, before you all start calling the FAA and demanding that something be done.

Even more important to me..when is the FAA going to DO THEIR JOB? They are “investigating” but how long will that take? I was told by one FAA agent that couldn’t just send someone out to buy one of these flights because that would be entrapment. I totally don’t understand that since he is SELLING THE RIDES openly. This isn’t like the world of dog fighting where you have to know someone to get invited in guys. If he is SELLING them, he is potentially DOING them and that’s ILLEGAL. It’s not rocket science.

Will I have to write another story about a flight that ends with 2 people dead again? Will that finally be enough bodies to cause someone to pay attention?

And yes…THIS MAN is suing ME. Gotta love the good ol’ USA.

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N139ck

http://n139ck.com

Those videos are all several years old. Very sad that those girls will forever be associated with him. Skip as well.

OH look.. N139ck has it’s own facebook now too.

http://www.facebook.com/L39Albatross?ref=stream

And it’s own YouTube channel

http://www.youtube.com/user/L39Albatross

Does this mean he’s going to stop advertising the Wild Child finally?

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Fighter Combat flights are a lot of work

Some research done to understand how legitimate companies (like Fight Combat USA in Fullerton CA and Fighter Combat International in Phoenix AZ) do business leads to even more questions and concerns about the flights allegedly being flown by Dave Riggs and his group.

First of all the planes used by the real companies are certified. The Lancair is experimental. We’ve discussed flights for hire in experimental planes ad nauseum here. Illegal. Period.
Special waivers are necessary and they must file 30 day in advance for all flights. Read that again. They don’t get just one waiver that lets them do whatever they want forever. They have to file and get approval over and over and over. And if they are traveling they have to get approval from the local FSDO and honor any special requirements they call for.

Basically this isn’t a sell a ticket, go fly kind of operation.

Add in, EXPERIENCED military pilots, maintenance, equipment, office workers, bookkeeping, taxes, etc. and you get an idea of the magnitude of this sort of operation.

And yet, here is Dave Riggs. Throws a few ads up on Group On and Living Social, a free website, states he’s been in business 10 years (which changed to 12 in an email I saw) and he’s in business. Where is the business licensing groups? How about the FAA? Will they investigate and DO SOMETHING or will someone else have to die first? It’s been suggested that a couple of the pilots that were involved in the UARC are doing flights as well. No proof of that so far, but should that show up..will they lose their tickets? Or does the protection that seems to follow Riggs extend to his conspirators as well?

In addition legitimate companies (again) stand to be hurt by these ridiculous flights. Someone takes a flight expecting a Marchetti or Extra and they end up in a Lancair. They do a little research, find out the real deal and then report to their friends. Think that won’t blow back on the guys that are the real deal?

It’s disturbing. It’s sickening and most of all, it’s scary.

I continue to hope that some day, preferably sooner than later, someone does something to put an end to this.

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Breaking News

The Fighter Combat Adventure story isn’t over. New (disturbing) information came in today. I’ll be following up just as soon as I can verify the information. However, it appears the “dog fights” just might be happening, at least some of them anyway. One problem. They are being done in Lancairs. I know that at least a few of you will know the absolute danger and recklessness of that concept.

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Truly, it never ends .. I can’t make this stuff up.

Remember previously when I posted about Riggs running news stories on his “blog” that were just lifted from news feeds in other places? Well it gets even better.

So tonight I come across this one on his site:

http://machoneaviation.com/aviation-news-dave-riggs-blog/?p=32

It’s about the 2012 Cannes Air Show. And it includes a quote FROM HIM written as if he was there (and lies by saying he flew in China in 2010 and 2011..it was ONLY 2010).

Here’s the quote:

”The volume of interest from regions like Africa and China demonstrates the rapid growth these areas of the world are experiencing” commented Dave Riggs of Mach One Aviation who flew in several air shows in China during 2010 and 2011. Aviation is scaling back in the US but in China and elsewhere it is truly the Wild West, he commented.

Now here’s a screenshot of the original which appears here.

He gets more pathetic by the day. Seriously. (and yes, I have a screenshot of the original article from his site).

And has anyone ever heard of the “Wynne International Air Races” in Thailand and Vietnam? yeah, me neither. And neither has the interwebs apparently as a search brings up nothing but this:
(read the last sentence)

I can’t find a SINGLE air race in Vietnam OR Thailand which I don’t find surprising. Gee Dave, who did you fly against? Yourself. WOW.

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Dave Riggs pilot – 20+ years of crime and failure

For those just joining us. The reason this site exists is quite simply, to expose the criminal activities that have been carried on for over 20 years by ONE man, with no slowing down to be seen. The courts have been unwilling or unable to hold him accountable. The FAA has refused to hold him responsible for his dangerous (and fatal) activities. So we the public must.

Between 1985 & 1987 – opened Mokan Productions and then set up a company in Nashville called National Studio Supply that sold fictitious video equipment to Mokan Productions.
1987 – Mokan Productions deal fell apart and resulted in a 29 count indictment
1987- Riggs takes $1 million dollars (part cash part wire transfers) and goes to the Cayman Islands after allegedly destroying 8 trash bags worth of paperwork from Mokan.

1988 – Settles in South Africa under the name “Dave Rogers”
1988 – Gets arrested in Hong Kong with a suitcase full of horns and ivory and charged for using a false Australian passport under the name “Michael Joseph East”
Spends a year in jail in Hong Kong.
A year to the day of being jailed he is extradited back to the United States.

January 1990 – arraigned on 28 counts of bank fraud and one count of passport fraud. Sentenced to 10 years at Leavenworth and got credit for his prison time in Hong Kong.

1993 – released from prison he heads to Atlanta. Goes to work for a video post-production company named Video Post. Fired when the owner finds out about his criminal history.

1994 – settled lawsuits and applied for parole transfer, moved to Tampa

1997 – articles appear in the Tampa Bay Business Journal detailing the suppliers, vendors and partners that he has managed to con during his 3 years in Tampa while running Digital Majik Post Productions, Inc.

2006 – V1 Cut Productions and Panopoly Pictures begins work on Succubus: Hell Bent. This is the only movie he was involved in that ever got completed.
2006 – Two pilots killed while following flight direction by Riggs while filming scenes for Succubus: Hell-Bent

2007 – Attempts to work on movies such as “Fast Glass” (which ends up not getting completed and spends years tied up in lawsuits when Riggs gets sued for fraud by the investors)
2007 – Ends up with Terry Fregley’s L-39 (one of the pilots who died in the 2006 plane crash).

2008 – “Kerosene Cowboys” (also never completed) production partnership is put together with a group of Russian investors. This movie also was never completed and resulted in lawsuits against Riggs alleging fraud.
2008 – Buzzes the Santa Monica Pier and Beach in the L-39. Charged by the city of Santa Monica with a section of the state public utilities code designed to protect life and property from careless and reckless pilots.

2009 – NTSB trial for the Santa Monica Pier incident – Riggs pilot’s certificate revoked.

2010 – Riggs tried and found guilty in the criminal trial for the Santa Monica Beach episode. Sentenced to 60 days in jail, 60 days community service (designated to be done cleaning the beach in Santa Monica) and fines and court costs. He immediately appealed.

2006 or thereabouts through NOW – videos on YouTube show he was doing flights for hire in the L-39 (both Wild Child and the one he got from Fregley) for Incredible-Adventures even though he only had a private pilot’s certificate, NOT a commercial ticket nor is he a CFI. He did get a commercial ticket in 2010 but is still not a CFI.

2010 – Files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy personally and on behalf of Afterburner Films, Inc., Kerosene Cowboys, Inc. and Mach I Aviation, Inc. Those filings stayed all the pending trials against Riggs that were scheduled for that summer pending the outcome of the bankruptcies.

2010 – Goes to China to fly in two Air Shows with 2 other pilots. Ends up cheating the promoter of the shows (according to the promoter), holds a one of a kind hot air balloon hostage for no other reason than “because he could”, allegedly attempts to steal the plane belonging to one of the pilots who went to China, and ends up with yet another lawsuit filed against him for contractual fraud.

2011 – Attempts to start the Ultimate Air Race Championship in partnership with Frederico Lapenda. That falls flat even though months are spent falsely advertising it.
2011 – In April he advertises a ride in the “Wild Child” for a auction as a fundraiser in a school in Santa Monica. This is an auction for a flight in a plane that was destroyed several years before, killing 2 pilots who were following Dave Riggs’ directions while filming for a movie. (That’s called fraud for those keeping score).
2011 – In August the appeal hearing for the Santa Monica incident was held. The appellate courts tentative ruling upheld the original conviction and jail sentence. The final written ruling is pending as of September 2, 2011.
2011 – In October the appellate court affirms the original conviction. Even during this time videos and blogs appear detailing Riggs continuing to fly people for hire in the L-39 against all known FAA regulations.
2011 – November 16th, Riggs is sent to LA County Jail on a probation violation for not completing the requirements of his sentence for the Santa Monica incident his fines were also raised from around $940 to almost $6k

2012 – May 18 a pilot and passenger both die when the L-39 they are in crashes in Boulder City Nevada. NTSB report states it was a paid flight put together by Mach One Aviation and Incredible Adventures. Dave Riggs is in the 2nd plane that day.

2012 – August/September – ads start appearing on sites like Groupon advertising “Top Gun Fighter Combat Flights” that no one can confirm. Stolen copyrighted pictures and text are used on the website set up for the “Fighter Combat” company advertising the flights. Many flights appear to be sold but as of October 19, 2012 not ONE flight can be confirmed to have been taken. It is suspected that Dave Riggs, and perhaps others, are behind the advertisements. Calls to the number listed for the company are never returned.

*** In addition today we found a video uploaded on YouTube in February 2012 regarding the “AvidWiz” training series that Dave Riggs did. It’s a video from 1997. One has to wonder if Riggs is trying to erase the last 15 years from his resume since anyone he was involved with in the entertainment industry in the intervening years would tell you to lock up your wallet and run. However if you look back at 1997 that is when the Tampa Bay Business Journal was writing about the people out there that he had ripped off. Running from history just isn’t that easy.

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David Griggs pilot?

Has he changed his name?

Went in the Lancair 220HP IO360 for some acrobatics with Dave Griggs near San Jose Calif

(And PS I believe that plane is only a 180hp. Details.

I’m not 100% positive but I think that’s this guy:

http://www.washingtonexec.com/2011/05/ridge-global-names-timothy-sutherland-to-its-board-of-advisors/

umm..wow.

Brave or stupid..I don’t know. Couldn’t pay me to get in that plane.

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One has to wonder..

When (and if) we’ll hear something about an investigation into the Boulder City crash. There were two deaths. There HAS to be an investigation. Especially since one of the victims was a non-pilot. Investigation into the cause of the crash, why those planes were flying with paid passengers (as per the NTSB preliminary report) and those responsible going about their days business as usual.

I have very little faith in the alphabet groups to begin with, but if these actions continue I will even lose that. I just pray that they will prove me, and others wrong, and actually do something about the laws broken, money lost and most importantly the lives lost.

I suppose they have to take their time and get it right. I understand that. But in the meantime I keep thinking about those who are getting in planes with Riggs since Incredible Adventures is still VERY strongly pushing those flights. The Fighter Combat thing that he is apparently behind that’s either giving more dangerous flights, or just flat ripping people off, and any number of other things going on that we aren’t aware of yet.

What happens if yet another person gets hurt or killed while they are pushing paper?

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Yes the court case in Nevada is still active

Yep. It’s still going.

No, I can’t discuss it here at this time.

Yes, I can still use donations if you’re so inclined.

Thank you to those who have asked.

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David Riggs pilot – Phillipines?

Is he planning to leave the country? Or just trying to spread his (infamous) name world wide? One truly has to wonder. Notice this does not say he’s in California (or Nevada).

I have wondered for awhile now if he would leave the country. With the crash in Boulder City…he’s got to have some issues with work (regardless of the fact that Incredible Adventures still continues to support and advertise his flights). With the TopGun Fighter Combat ads that we can’t find ANY way to verify have actually occurred. With the still (fading) hope that perhaps the FAA or some other authority will FINALLY do something to at LEAST stop the illegal flights, he is sure to have an alternate plan.

I mean, it’s not like he hasn’t done it before.

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More pictures identified.

Two more of the pictures listed on that Fighter Combat site have been identified thanks to a reader.

The first one – the red and yellow plane with the stars which appears on many (most) of the Groupon/Living Social ads is an Extra 300 known as “Skydancer” and flown by Frank Versteegh.

You can see some pictures of it taken in 2009 here. Since the owner of the “Skydancer” is in another country I’m guessing he’s not involved in this project. His website can be found here.

The other one is more disturbing. I had been told that one of the pictures was a pilot that had died but I didn’t know his name to be able to confirm it. Well now I do.

His name was Chuck Lischer and he passed away in a plane crash in June 2006.

There is a post on an aviation forum about it here. That post also shows the exact same picture that appears on the “Fighter Combat” site.

What kind of sick person would use a picture of a pilot who died tragically in a plane crash to sell plane rides?

It truly makes me ill.

No class. No morals. No ethics. No honesty.

EDIT: As of October 7, 2012 the picture of Chuck Lischer has been removed. The picture of Frank Versteegh’s plane “Skydancer” remains. The picture that replaced the one of Mr. Lischer is again, not a picture of a plane that would be used in these flights. Instead, it appears to be another one taken inside an L-39 or some other type of jet. The removal is nice to see, but doesn’t change the fact that it would have remained had we not called them out on it.

I guess it should come as no surprise since both Riggs and the company he flies for (Incredible Adventures) advertise using pictures of the Wild Child. A plane that was destroyed years ago and took 2 pilots to their death with it.

The company also now states on it’s site that it is a company TOPGUN Fighter Combat DBA TOPGUN Fighter Pilot Adventures with an address listed in Las Vegas that I was told is a mail box next to a 7-11.

I can’t find any “TOPGUN Fighter Combat” Or “TOPGUN Fighter Pilot Adventures” registered with the Nevada Secretary of State.

While I also haven’t seen any new “sales” show up, I do see prices listed on the website (and not cheap ones) so obviously they are still doing something.

The question is..what.

We now know that 2 of the planes shown on the site are the ones discussed above. One picture is from David G. Riggs’ site for Mach One Aviation. One of the planes is registered in Canada and the other appears to be from Germany.

So they don’t have ONE single plane who has an active owner that can be located in the United States. How do you do flights when you have no planes? And if you have planes, why do you use someone else’s to advertise?

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Incredible Adventures stepping all over my 1st Amendment Right

But hey, what’s new. I received a nifty email from Jane at Incredible Adventures this morning. Let me share:

From: Jane Reifert
To: groundriggs@gmail.com
Sent: Wed, Oct 3, 2012 15:48:36 GMT+00:00
Subject: Notice of Copyright Infringement – Order to Cease & Desist

Dear Ms. Graham,

Complaints have already been filed with both Dynadot and Underhost.

Per the policies of both companies, I am obligated to also inform you of your copyright infringement.

I am quite certain you already know you’re violating both our copyright and the policies of your domain and hosting companies, plus committing slander and libel, but here goes:

You do not have the right to copy anything from the copyrighted Incredible Adventures, Inc. website. All copyrighted content must be removed IMMEDIATELY.

The newsletter article posted to your website is the copyrighted property of Incredible Adventures and cannot be reprinted without permission.

Copyright notices are clearly posted on every Incredible Adventures newsletter and on every Incredible Adventures webpage.

There are laws against copyright infringement, just as there are laws against slander and libel.

Sincerely,

Jane Reifert

Now first things first. I’ll take down the screenshot for one reason and one reason only. Some people really don’t care about rules. They don’t care if they have a legitimate reason to sue someone. They’ll do it just because it pleases them. And I don’t feel like dealing with a stupid lawsuit in Florida (that’s where they are). In addition, the information is there, that’s all I really care about.

But I’d like to give Ms. Jane a little lesson on Copyright and Fair Use.

**

What is Fair Use?
Fair use is legally allowed defence against Copyright protection law. Fair Use allows use of copyrighted material without permission from Copyright owner in certain circumstances such as reviews, criticism, news reporting.

There is a quite a lot of ambiguity and it generally depends on a particular case whether using screenshot is copyright infringement or fair use. Here is a suggestion
•Limit use of screenshots. If your article is full of screenshots, chances are that it is going to be considered copyright infringement. If you use a small screenshot in a long article, it might be considered fair use.

****

I seriously doubt that the ONE screenshot I used off a full newsletter would NOT fall under Fair Use (which is exactly why Dreamhost trashed most of the UARC claims of copyright infringement last year). But no, I’m not going to pay the money to argue it in court because really, Jane is not that important.

REVIEWS, CRITICISM and NEWS REPORTING. Betcha dollars to donuts if that post said Incredible Adventures was the greatest company ever I never would have received the email. But because she chooses to keep doing business with a convicted felon, putting unwitting passengers in a plane with him I’m a bad girl.

As for slander and libel. I haven’t slandered you. You keep doing business with Riggs. Riggs is a convicted felon. Those are both FACTS. My opinion is that doing business with a convicted felon, where you are putting unknowing citizens in contact with a felon is aggregious. I get to have an opinion. My QUESTION is why an apparently upstanding successful company would do so. Besides the fact that all research I, and others have done, shows that these flights are ILLEGAL it makes no sense why you wouldn’t just find a pilot who actually has the experience and abilities that Riggs often claims to have. Oh wait, he did that. And that pilot is now dead. And the NTSB report states that Incredible Adventures sold those flights. I didn’t make that up.

So, the screenshot is down. Now begone.

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Some people never learn

Does anyone know the lady that runs Incredible Adventures? Could you ask her exactly what it is that she has going on with Riggs?

Last month the newsletter had some thing about how the L-39 is their most popular rental and this month we get this:

**picture removed because Jane has a problem with it**

I mean really? It isn’t enough that in a flight they put together just a few short months ago someone died? What is it going to take? Is she truly that greedy? Or is it stupidity?

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Zozi does right?

Perhaps so.

It seems that after doing some research Zozi has shut down the deal of the day.

It says “sold out” but sources tell me that’s not the case. I have not confirmed directly with Zozi, but I’ll hope they are truly trying to protect their customers.

http://www.zozi.com/deals/3439?ed=2012-09-26&p=11&et=local_deals&c=laemail&a=flight-instruction&el=la

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It’s your Zozi deal of the day. TopGun Fighter Combat Adventures

Are you kidding me?

http://www.zozi.com/deals/3439?ed=2012-09-26&p=11&et=local_deals&c=laemail&a=flight-instruction&el=la

This one is for Carlsbad, CA.

TOPGUN Fighter Combat Adventures (Provider) McClellan-Palomar Airport
2192 Palomar Airport Rd.
Carlsbad, CA 92011

I notice there is no phone number available now.

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At some point the authorities have to pick up on this right?

http://aero-news.net/getmorefromann.cfm?do=video.playVideo&videoid=00167579-8322-4952-8fc4-4d6365e05202

Airborne 09/25/12

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The lies just keep on coming

Really?

Funny how the yelp comments that all disappeared (including the 4 filtered ones) and now suddenly they are on the Top Gun Fighter Combat site. Including the one about the Father’s Day Gift that we KNOW was a fake.

This may seem minor to many of you, but people will use those to decide to spend money with this guy. And those flights never occurred.

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Aero-Scam: Air Combat Industry Fighting Fraud (Part 2)

Aero-News has followed up the original report with more news regarding these Fighter Combat Operations.

ANN has uncovered several others sites, some as yet not activated for future offers, including derivations on the Air Combat scheme… one offering aerobatic rides (featuring photos of a Foreign registered Pits S2), and others that promoted (and apparently conducted in some limited fashion) Aviation-themed summer day camps for children. The last offering particularly worried us… as there is evidence to suggest that at least one of these events was held and/or staged…. with pictures posted to Facebook and the ‘Incredible Adventures’ website… another known affiliate of Riggs. There is at least one photo, a terrifying one we might add, that shows Riggs sitting in a Christen Eagle’s back seat… while a small child sits in the front. The thought of a felon, with multiple convictions and a history of threats toward others, in close proximity to innocent children terrifies us to the core.

It just keeps getting worse.

The picture he references can be seen here

And this one shows a kid sitting in the L-39. While that in and of itself isn’t a bad thing, the fact that it’s in relation to a convicted felon like Riggs is VERY disturbing and if I was a parent, again, I’d be furious if I found out that was who was working with my kid. Actually, furious doesn’t even really sum it up.

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Top Gun Fighter Combat Inc – Yelp – Now you see it now you don’t

I mentioned previously that there were 4 reviews on Yelp for this Fighter Combat thing. They were all “filtered”‘ which means you don’t see them because for whatever reason Yelp has hidden them. My guess was that it was because they were all new profiles, no other reviews and I guess they haven’t verified their profiles or something. I honestly don’t know what the set up there is.

Anyway, yesterday two more new ones showed up. So that made three that were viewable (including one that I put up using my own profile).

The page as of 2:00 today looked like this:

I was excited to see two REAL profiles on there. So I did some investigating. And found interesting information.

In the meantime, Yelp deleted my review. I’m sure they got a complaint and when I got the email I realized that yes, I was outside their review “guidelines”.

The email said:

Hi Kristy,

We wanted to let you know that we’ve removed your review of Fighter Combat Inc. Our Support team has determined that it falls outside our Content Guidelines (http://www.yelp.com/guidelines) because it lacks a firsthand experience.

We hope you will continue to participate on Yelp, while keeping in mind our Content Guidelines.

*****

Ooops. I didn’t fly so I can’t review. Okay then. But I was curious and went back to the page. And guess what? The 2 raving reviews are gone too. Well they both had a flight and were thrilled so obviously Yelp didn’t remove them for being outside the guidelines.

And yes, I do know why they are gone. Thanks for asking.

You see… one of the two had an interesting link on the profile that listed their website. I went to it. “We can fix your reputation online”. A couple of phone calls later and yes, it was confirmed that BOTH reviews were fakes. Neither person took a flight and the boss wasn’t too happy that they done that. And yes, Dave Riggs is their customer.

I’m not going to post the name of the company here because I do believe they are a legitimate company that tries to help people who are attacked online unfairly and have no way to fight back. They were hired because “Mr Riggs just wanted a better reputation”. As per usual, no clue who they were dealing with. And a couple of young employees who overstepped their boundaries. They said they would remove them and by 3:00 the site looked like this:

So there ya go. He paid a company to fix his online reputation (beginning approximately 6 months ago) and somehow managed to get two employees to put up TOTALLY FALSE reviews of his company.

Authorities? Hello?

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Combat Fighter ads – again

Yet another ad

Yet another one has shown up on Zozi.

http://www.zozi.com/experiences/53-off-fighter-combat-training-with-video-for-1-bay-area/thrill/3426

This one is in Livermore and San Jose (so says the “business addresses”).

Here is what really has me stumped. One simple line.

Prepare to suit up and drop the hammer on the thrill of a lifetime – an authentic combat flight mission in the sky at over 600 miles per hour.

That’s FAST. That’s incredibly fast. And the Q&A section of the website someone asked what planes they were using. The response was “Marchetti and Extra 300″

Well guess what? An Extra 300 has a 300 horsepower engine. According to manufacturer specs the never exceed speed in that plane is 408 km/h (220 knot, 253 mph).

Do you see the problem here?

So what about the Marchetti? Looking up the 260 it states: Max speed at sea level 187 KTS Max cruising speed 178 KTS

Those are both a far cry from 600mph.

I guess if you have a dog fight and both planes are doing 250 that would be 500mph?

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Airborne on the story

Aero-News.net continues to stay on top of this story. It seems that every day since I found out about this, more information has been found and the potential scam just keeps growing.

One thing I want to make very clear. We’ve had someone leave a comment here who states that she bought one of these flights for her boyfriend and it’s scheduled for September 30th. However, to date, we have not been able to find anyone who has the plane that would supposedly be flown, and no one from “Air Combat Adventures” has returned calls left by ANN.

While someone has a flight scheduled, until I see proof that someone has actually GOTTEN a flight (and I want proof, not just a random anonymous email), then I can’t believe these are legitimate.

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Spreading like a virus

These ads are popping up all over and under various names/companies.

Here is one for “CA Aerobatics” to go on an aerobatic ride.

http://www.groupon.com/deals/california-skydiving-adventures-4

The plane pictured is registered to someone in Germany

Name
FELCHNER NIKOLAI
MAISTR 20B
WOERTHSEE
82237
GERMANY

If you were legitimate why couldn’t you just post your own plane (or name your pilots).

The site for this one is:

http://caacro.wix.com/californiaaviators#!home/c2df

Another wix site.

Another plane that isn’t quite what it appears. That one has been de-registered.
Same phone number.

Then we have:

http://www.groupon.com/deals/california-skydiving-adventures-5

that hasn’t started yet. But check the URL. Now it’s California Skydiving Adventures.

That ones site is:

http://caacro.wix.com/california-skydiving

Which references Skydive Taft. Sources tell me they had an agreement with Riggs for some sort of marketing. But they had to stop the Groupon offers because they are having trouble getting paid.

Maybe that’s what he’s doing, but then WHY can’t anyone find anyone that knows anything about this? I’ve been talking to people all over SoCal (and beyond) since this all came to light and I have yet to find ONE person that knows anything about the flights in the 300 Extras or the Marchettis. Both of those planes are not terribly common in the states so it’s not like there are 1000 of them sitting around waiting to be used for flights everywhere.

This whole thing is getting stranger and stranger by the day. And the potential for more and more people to get ripped off seems to go up exponentially.

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Groupon and ripping off customers.

I have wondered over and over how the whole Groupon scheme works. Wow did I get an education today.

This article from a month ago shows very clearly how often people can, and apparently do, get ripped off from this site. Perfect location for a scam artist.

One of the final paragraphs:

And then there’s exhibit B: the car detailers. They disappeared shortly after they would have received their final payment. On their voicemail, they left a message for prospective customers: “Sorry we ripped you off. Your best bet is to go to Groupon and get your money back. We’re too chicken shit to answer the phone, so you got this message anyway. Sorry for your problems. Better luck next time.”

My inbox has dozens more such examples. One off examples? Sure. But consider exhibit C: Groupon had to restate its earnings in the spring, its first earnings statement as a public company, because it underestimated the amount of money it would have to pay out in refunds. The restatement caused the stock to drop 17% in the next trading session. (Although today’s investors would relish the $15.28 price at close of market on April 2.)

If that’s the case, and based on everything else that article states, it won’t be surprising when Fighter Combat Inc (or whatever name they are using today) disappears in short order..or when Groupon does the same.

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Two new sales up.

One in Bakersfield:

http://www.groupon.com/deals/california-skydiving-adventures-3

The address for this one is apparently Avis Rent a Car.

And now instead of “Fighter Combat Inc” it’s “Top Gun Fighter Combat”
Same phone number.

10 sold so far. One person that isn’t exactly happy as noted on the “discussion” page:

http://www.groupon.com/deals/california-skydiving-adventures-3/discussion

I signed up for the Top Gun fighter Combat — Bakersfield! When I proceeded to schedule, my only option was in LA! What’s up with that? The map and location indicated Meadows Field in Bakersfield… I do not want to go to LA! I want this purchase undone.
Richard J. asked 2 days, 10 hours, and 22 minutes ago – 1 answer

OK We posted avails in Oct and Nov If these dates do not work for you please email us your choice of date and we will make it happen for you if we can….sorry for the confusion :)
CA A. answered 2 days, 10 hours, and 9 minutes ago

Over at Fat Wallet you get this one:

http://www.fatwallet.com/Groupon-coupons/?deal_id=california-skydiving-adventures-2&division=inland-empire

For Inland Empire

Top Gun Fighter Pilot
4 addresses (around airports, including Fox Field)
Same phone number

Top Gun Fighter Combat
Company Website
6951 Flight Rd.
Riverside, California 92504
818-949-8359

4555 W Ave. G
Lancaster, California 93536
818-949-8359

294 S Leland Norton Way
San Bernadino, California 92408
818-949-8359

3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, California 92262
818-949-8359

In addition, the pictures I identified on the website (this one) have been removed. I’d love to identify the rest but other than the red German plane I haven’t been able to yet. I’m sure at the very least Combat Fighters Int’l is glad to have the pictures off the website.

I’d still love to hear from someone that actually bought (and got) one of these flights.

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FAA what say you

New FAA Director Michael Huerta asked why the FAA hasn’t done anything. Answer says a lot in what it doesn’t say.

Starts around 2 minutes in.

http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=video.playVideo&id=e4c2b2ea-5f05-4894-9e91-b4e0c05358d2

“A shared responsibility that we have as an industry”. I think I’ve done my part. How about you guys? When does your part of the industry responsibility kick in?

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David Riggs – Pilot

Anyone want to count up the lies in this post?

David Riggs Bio

You can start with the tagline “David Riggs is a professional stunt pilot and brilliant movie producer”

Also, I know an attorney or two that will find the following claims very interesting:

Having been at the helm of Mach One Aviation, Inc. for five years, and at Panopaly Pictures for eight, Dave Riggs has proven himself proficient in all aspects of production, including doing the stunts required in Hollywood films and specializing in the use of his very own invention, the world’s first gyro-stabilized movie and television camera system designed to film aerial scenes from high speed jet fighter aircraft. <--- he didn't invent it

He is the proud owner of the aircraft that serves as the quantum leap toward the reality of jet upset training—the Soviet L-39C. <----THIS IS very interesting

This aircraft, along with a fleet of others such as the Folland Gnat, the L-29, MIG-17 and MIG-21 Military Jets, provide the best vehicles by which trainees get firsthand experience of the jet upset training that David Riggs’ Mach One Aviation provides. <--- if Mach One has a "fleet" that changes an awful lot of things

In a nutshell, Mr. Riggs has managed to create his very own niche which, to this day, has remained solely in his name because of sheer hard work and determination. <--- hm, I was told he's not the owner and it's NOT SOLELY IN HIS NAME. I guess that means the owner of Mach One Aviation, Jerry Brockhaus, isn't involved?

Just sayin.

Here's a screenshot just in case it changes as his stuff so often does.

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A call for info.

I know that of course I have a lot of aviation types that read this site. I also know that many of you are in the California area. If you, or anyone you know, purchased one of those vouchers on groupon, living social or any other site I would LOVE to hear from you. If you got the flight that would be great to prove that this isn’t a total scam. If you didn’t, or if you’ve been “put off” (as is my suspicion) I’d like to get the info and try to help you recoup your money in addition to furthering the investigation and questions into these deals.

You can email me at groundriggsATaviationcriminal.com

Thanks.

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Some help

One of the only people in aviation that seems to be willing to stand up to the FAA and ask why they are doing NOTHING about David G. Riggs, and others like him.

Check out Barnstorming (around the 10 minute mark).

Airborne 09.14.12

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A new scheme?

Aero-Scam: Air Combat Industry Fighting Fraud

ANN has been poring through some troubling info gathered over a number of days…. info that has taken on voluminous and dangerous proportions. Based on a tip from “Aviation Criminal’s” Kristy Graham, ANN has uncovered dozens of online offers on various “Daily Deal” websites purporting to offer exciting simulated ‘Air Combat’ experiences of the kind pioneered by a number of highly regarded companies that have been doing so safely and responsibly for quite a few years.

You can read the rest at ANN.

*****

I have done more than a little digging and research on this situation myself and the only thing I can really add to the article above is that I cannot locate either “Combat Adventures, Inc.” or “California Aviators” in the Business Registry for the State of California.

I am also aware of the investigation being done for the continuation of the story and it truly is disturbing on many levels.

It is also distressing that one of the companies referenced in the article (Air Combat International) has had to add a disclaimer to their website so prominent that you have to actually click out of it to access the site, to protect themselves. I’d be surprised if Air Combat USA doesn’t follow suit pretty much immediately.

They’ve had to do so because of the confusion that is already creeping in. Not to mention, how many folks that might want to do these rides are now lost business to those who are legitimate with the possibility those people will now be just out of luck.

Whoever is behind this, if it plays out the way I think it would, it could be MONTHS before people actually start reporting that they have been ripped off (“I’m sorry, demand was so high we can’t book your flight until February 2013″) and by that time, the crook(s) could be clean out of the country and on to their next victims.

I truly and sincerely hope the authorities are paying attention.

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A little more detail

Before I give the following information I need to state that I do NOT have any proof that this is Dave Riggs. I’ll give you the facts I have found and you will have to make up your own minds.

There is a site with the company name “Combat Adventures Inc”. If you look at the gallery, one of the pics has a copyright watermark. And one is a pic from Mach One’s site (the one of the guy in the helmet).
The page is here.

You can see the identical picture here: http://www.machoneaviation.com/pics/air/p%20(14).jpg

Now on this site are other pictures that don’t belong there.

For example:

One of the pictures on the wix.com website shows the panel on a plane. It shows an N number. I traced it to a plane owned by Fighter Combat International in Phoenix.

The picture on their site is here: http://www.fightercombat.com/wp-content/uploads/Cockpit-equipment-gyros-161FC.jpg

I spoke to them recently and they have NO connection to this and do not know who does (but want to because people are calling them).

In addition, there is now a pop up when you go to their site with a disclaimer/warning that they are NOT offering any deals/groupons/etc for their flights and that consumers should verify who they are purchasing their “deals” from.

Another company, Air Combat USA based out of Fullerton, CA has the dubious distinction of being the site that a good portion of the text (including the FAQ) was lifted from.

What’s the big deal? Why the warning on the site of a successful and reputable company? Because of the “deals” being offered by Combat Adventures, Inc.

This is the living social deal that ends in a few hours: (as of this writing it says 122 have been sold)

http://www.livingsocial.com/cities/1715/deals/440008-fighter-pilot-air-combat-experience

There is a groupon deal that ended a while back:

It says over 90 were sold.

The link to that is: http://www.groupon.com/deals/m-one-aviation-inc-1

Please note the name in the URL of that groupon: m-one-aviation-inc-1

Now these “deals” are selling 40 and 60 minute rides. Here is the breakdown:

Pay $399 (regularly $908) for a half-day fighter pilot air combat experience with 40 minutes of practice in-air combat in a real plane. Or drop $599 (regularly $1,358) for a half-day fighter pilot air combat experience with one hour of practice in-air combat. Both options come with ground school training, a “gun camera” video, a “hero” in-flight cockpit photo, lunch in the air-combat room, and a briefing for the flight experience according to standard military protocol.

After speaking to professionals who do this for a living I have been told (and pretty much knew already) that to sell these packages at these rates you are either a billionaire business owner who can absorb the loss, the worst businessman anywhere, who deserves to end up bankrupt, or doing something sketchy.

Now, it’s easy to say since there are multiple stolen pictures on the site that maybe Riggs is just a victim and his picture was stolen too.

But how do you explain the m-one-aviation url? Okay, lots of people want to use the name Mach One in their aviation business. Fair enough.

So we dig a bit deeper.

Let’s start with the phone number.

Several people, including the reader who initially sent the link to me told the voice on the answering machine at the number is Riggs. It’s an incredibly short message, just “Fighter Combat and California Aviators” then the usual voice mail recorded voice. So only 5 words. But for those familiar (although admittedly not professional voice recognition people) it’s believed to be him.

I then did a reverse phone lookup and got these results:

(818) 949-8359
Name: FIGHTER COMBAT ADVENTURES
Get a Detailed Background Check for only $29
Phone type: Landline
Search Date: 2012/09/12
City, State: MONTROSE, CA
Zip Code: 91214
Provider: PACIFIC BELL
Addresses: Address not available for this record.

and another one that said:

1 Result found for (818) 949-8359.
1 Fighter Combat Inc
Phone Type: Land Line
Carrier: Bandwidth.com CLEC LLC – CA
Time Zone: 7:22 PM PST
County: Los Angeles

(bandwidth.com CLEC LLC is a VOIP type provider)

So it’s an internet phone which I guess explains why there is no address available.

But WAIT, the ads list three addresses, why wouldn’t one of those come up? Well because of this:

All three addresses listed have been contacted. All three are fake.

The one 7435 Valjean in Van Nuys is the parking lot next to Clay Lacy’s company
The one at 3300 Airport Avenue in Santa Monica is the Spitfire Grill at Santa Monica Airport
The last one at 3160 Airway Ave in Costa Mesa is at John Wayne Airport and turned out to be the Airport Directors Building and he had NO CLUE what this was about.

Okay so fine, maybe this isn’t Riggs. Either way it sounds REALLY fishy and really sketchy.

BUT WAIT, we aren’t done.

The OTHER name mentioned in that voicemail. California Aviators. Who are they?

Look here:

http://caacro.wix.com/californiaaviators#!kids-camp/c10my

They offer a kids flying camp.

Then look here:

http://www.incredible-adventures.com/newsletter.html

2nd or 3rd story down. Incredible-adventures ALSO offers a kids camp.

And look who one of those pilots was:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151097310029190&set=a.10151017613869190.447246.49153974189&type=3&theater

Oh and look, they had a group on too:

http://www.groupon.com/deals/dc-brd-m-one-aviation-inc

hmm. m-one-aviation inc

And the picture on that ad also appears on the wix.com webpage.

My question is, how does a business, who doesn’t own one of these planes (that we know of) sell over 200 flights in a couple of months (that we know of) at a minimum of $399 a piece? How do we find those customers to see if they are getting the flights they paid for?

So far, no one has answered the number at “Combat Adventures Inc”.

I have also not been able to locate Combat Adventures Inc OR California Aviators on the California Secretary of State’s Business Registration.

Authorities? FAA? Anyone?

Connect the dots.

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The FAA and inaction

The FAA wasted no time in attempting to pull the ticket of a pilot when Dave Riggs called in an (originally anonymous) report stating that the pilot was flying with kidney stones. They ran that pilot through the coals and demanded all kinds of ridiculous things including asking him to surrender his pilot certificate to them. He was most definitely guilty until proven innocent. And it wasn’t fun.

However, it appears that once again Van Nuys FSDO is protecting themselves when faced with David G. Riggs. Given a mechanic certificate that was altered to show that the pilot it belonged to was a commercial pilot (fraudulently) which he tried to submit to a California court the FAA responded with “no harm no foul”. On some levels I get this. There is no proof that Riggs is the person that altered the document. It truly is a case of one man’s word against anothers. Unfortunately, the FAA does not look at who one man is (honest, no infractions, no criminal history) vs the other (Dave Riggs). I guess I get that too. The courts would do the same and then leave it to a jury to decide who is telling the truth and who isn’t.

But the absolute unwillingness and inability to do ANYTHING is dumbfounding.

He has now submitted a fraudulent letter (the one claiming that the pilot had kidney stones) and a second one to a COURT OF LAW. As per usual, the FAA, and the Van Nuys FSDO has given Riggs carte blanche on his activities.

Some of you will think this is no big deal because the pilot fought and got his license back and he won the court case. But that doesn’t happen every time. The FAA is allowing a rogue pilot to run rough shod over anyone he chooses and doing NOTHING to protect you.

That is TWO incidents in just a few short months of David Riggs submitting FALSE documents to the government. And no one seems to care.

But as stated before, until the pilots and victims stand up to him and FORCE the FAA to do something, he’s going to keep on doing what he does.

I cannot post the letter as they were very careful to send one out that had “for government use only” stamped all over it, but I have it. As soon as I can figure out how to use it without getting sued or going to jail, I will be happy too.

When questioned about why they didn’t stop the illegal flights one FAA agent stated “We can’t do anything to entrap him. We couldn’t just send someone in to try to buy a flight and see if he sold it”. Well okay, fine. But according to the NTSB report from Boulder City you have EIGHT people that stated they bought flights that day. One of whom is now dead. So what is your excuse now? Why has there not been an emergency revocation of that ticket while you find out what he was doing? While he seems to be laying pretty low, he’s still advertising all over creation that he’s one of the best pilots that ever lived. He’s still flying. Someone is dead and the FAA doesn’t seem to care. And I sincerely hope and pray that any attorney that may be looking into this case for the victim’s families finds a way to hold the FAA (Van Nuys in particular) responsible for their absolute non-action in this case when there have been people telling them for YEARS what was going on and that someone was going to die.

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20+ years of crime and failure by Dave Riggs – pilot

For those just joining us. The reason this site exists is quite simply, to expose the criminal activities that have been carried on for over 20 years by ONE man, with no slowing down to be seen. The courts have been unwilling or unable to hold him accountable. The FAA has refused to hold him responsible for his dangerous (and fatal) activities. So we the public must.

Between 1985 & 1987 – opened Mokan Productions and then set up a company in Nashville called National Studio Supply that sold fictitious video equipment to Mokan Productions.
1987 – Mokan Productions deal fell apart and resulted in a 29 count indictment
1987- Riggs takes $1 million dollars (part cash part wire transfers) and goes to the Cayman Islands after allegedly destroying 8 trash bags worth of paperwork from Mokan.

1988 – Settles in South Africa under the name “Dave Rogers”
1988 – Gets arrested in Hong Kong with a suitcase full of horns and ivory and charged for using a false Australian passport under the name “Michael Joseph East”
Spends a year in jail in Hong Kong.
A year to the day of being jailed he is extradited back to the United States.

January 1990 – arraigned on 28 counts of bank fraud and one count of passport fraud. Sentenced to 10 years at Leavenworth and got credit for his prison time in Hong Kong.

1993 – released from prison he heads to Atlanta. Goes to work for a video post-production company named Video Post. Fired when the owner finds out about his criminal history.

1994 – settled lawsuits and applied for parole transfer, moved to Tampa

1997 – articles appear in the Tampa Bay Business Journal detailing the suppliers, vendors and partners that he has managed to con during his 3 years in Tampa while running Digital Majik Post Productions, Inc.

2006 – V1 Cut Productions and Panopoly Pictures begins work on Succubus: Hell Bent. This is the only movie he was involved in that ever got completed.
2006 – Two pilots killed while following flight direction by Riggs while filming scenes for Succubus: Hell-Bent

2007 – Attempts to work on movies such as “Fast Glass” (which ends up not getting completed and spends years tied up in lawsuits when Riggs gets sued for fraud by the investors)
2007 – Ends up with Terry Fregley’s L-39 (one of the pilots who died in the 2006 plane crash).

2008 – “Kerosene Cowboys” (also never completed) production partnership is put together with a group of Russian investors. This movie also was never completed and resulted in lawsuits against Riggs alleging fraud.
2008 – Buzzes the Santa Monica Pier and Beach in the L-39. Charged by the city of Santa Monica with a section of the state public utilities code designed to protect life and property from careless and reckless pilots.

2009 – NTSB trial for the Santa Monica Pier incident – Riggs pilot’s certificate revoked.

2010 – Riggs tried and found guilty in the criminal trial for the Santa Monica Beach episode. Sentenced to 60 days in jail, 60 days community service (designated to be done cleaning the beach in Santa Monica) and fines and court costs. He immediately appealed.

2006 or thereabouts through NOW – videos on YouTube show he was doing flights for hire in the L-39 (both Wild Child and the one he got from Fregley) for Incredible-Adventures even though he only had a private pilot’s certificate, NOT a commercial ticket nor is he a CFI. He did get a commercial ticket in 2010 but is still not a CFI.

2010 – Files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy personally and on behalf of Afterburner Films, Inc., Kerosene Cowboys, Inc. and Mach I Aviation, Inc. Those filings stayed all the pending trials against Riggs that were scheduled for that summer pending the outcome of the bankruptcies.

2010 – Goes to China to fly in two Air Shows with 2 other pilots. Ends up cheating the promoter of the shows (according to the promoter), holds a one of a kind hot air balloon hostage for no other reason than “because he could”, allegedly attempts to steal the plane belonging to one of the pilots who went to China, and ends up with yet another lawsuit filed against him for contractual fraud.

2011 – Attempts to start the Ultimate Air Race Championship in partnership with Frederico Lapenda. That falls flat even though months are spent falsely advertising it.
2011 – In April he advertises a ride in the “Wild Child” for a auction as a fundraiser in a school in Santa Monica. This is an auction for a flight in a plane that was destroyed several years before, killing 2 pilots who were following Dave Riggs’ directions while filming for a movie. (That’s called fraud for those keeping score).
2011 – In August the appeal hearing for the Santa Monica incident was held. The appellate courts tentative ruling upheld the original conviction and jail sentence. The final written ruling is pending as of September 2, 2011.
2011 – In October the appellate court affirms the original conviction. Even during this time videos and blogs appear detailing Riggs continuing to fly people for hire in the L-39 against all known FAA regulations.
2011 – November 16th, Riggs is sent to LA County Jail on a probation violation for not completing the requirements of his sentence for the Santa Monica incident his fines were also raised from around $940 to almost $6k

2012 – May 18 a pilot and passenger both die when the L-39 they are in crashes in Boulder City Nevada. NTSB report states it was a paid flight put together by Mach One Aviation and Incredible Adventures. Dave Riggs is in the 2nd plane that day.

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Copyright issues front and center

Since I’ve been accused of copyright infringement recently (for posting a trailer to a movie that I had nothing to do with making or promoting, nor am I hosting the trailer, I simply linked to it from YouTube) I find the subject interesting.

There is something called “fair use” that gives you the right and freedom to use SOME information without it being a copyright infringement. This includes news reports. You can freely use a portion of an article FOR DISCUSSION AND COMMENTARY. You cannot reprint (yes, even online) an entire article stripped of bylines. Whether to a news site, or a blog.

So take a look at these:

Creating an Unmanned Aircraft That Can Sense and Avoid by Juan Miguel Pedraza

Astronaut Neil Armstrong dies at 82 by the Associated Press

Lower Costs Via Aircraft Certification Reform? by Glenn Pew

LN: Czech Silence on Syria’s use of Albatros Plane embarrassing by Czech News Agency

That’s enough for now. All of these will come with some sort of disclaimer. That last one states very specifically:

Copyright 2011 by the Czech News Agency (ČTK). All rights reserved.
Copying, dissemination or other publication of this article or parts thereof without the prior written consent of ČTK is expressly forbidden. The Prague Daily Monitor and Monitor CE are not responsible for its content.

Basically that means you canNOT cut and paste the articles to YOUR site (or blog). It is their work, they own it. It’s COPYRIGHTED.

The Associated Press has also gone after blogs for doing exactly that.

I have, on this site, copy and pasted a couple of articles from Aero News. In all instances I have also linked to the original article and given credit as to where the article came from. Most importantly, I received permission from Jim Campbell, the editor in chief of ANN to do so.

I would be interested to know if the same can be said for Dave Riggs at Mach One Aviation.

Someone there is copying and pasting news articles in an “aviation news blog” .. stripping by lines and not providing links to the original articles. It’s still a copyright violation even if you link to the original though. You cannot copy and paste an ENTIRE article.

The associated press has gone after bloggers for doing this in the past. They will do so in the future.

You are stealing someone’s work when you do that. You are stealing the hits that should be going to their site (i.e. potentially messing with ad revenue).

As per usual, some people are just not willing to do the work and have no problem stealing someone else’s.

Yes, they stuck a picture of Riggs with Armstrong into the article. That doesn’t make it theirs. And poor Neil would be rolling in his grave if he new he was standing next to a convicted felon who looks constipated in that picture. I REPEAT, THAT DOESN’T MAKE IT YOUR ARTICLE.

My opinion is, this is another way for Riggs to try to overpower Aviation Criminal, the LA Times, Aero-News, and others in the Google rankings to hide his 30 years of criminal activity that has been exposed. By doing so, he’s just breaking more laws. He just can’t seem to help himself.

P.S. In the article about the drones, It was the University of NORTH DAKOTA, not South. You might want to fix that.

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Hearing update

The hearing in Mach One vs Me was held today as scheduled. There was no conclusive decision made. We will be returning later. Updates as I can. I’m sure you will understand that at this time, as much as I hate it, I must pull the tried and true “No comment” in regards to the proceedings. Yes. It is painful. Thank you for bearing with me.

In addition, the FAA is also standing behind “no comment” in regards to whatever they are, or are not doing in regards to the plane crash in Boulder City Nevada that took the lives of two people. I cannot stand the thought that they will continue to be as worthless and inactive as they have been up to this time. Especially while I am out here fighting as hard as I can to hold this man accountable for his actions.

Shameful.

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Site down

Around 19:00 UTC/GMT +2 (netherlands) hours last night the chassis of one of our main core switches failed hopelessly.

We have replaced the hardware and our technical staff have done a tremendous job getting the situation as it was before this failure. We offer our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

In case you are still experiencing any problems with your server(s) we suggest you reboot your system.

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Sorry about that folks. But we are back :)

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Court update

Just a reminder. The next hearing in the case of Mach One Aviation vs Me is August 23rd. We already had one postponement so hopefully it won’t be a repeat performance.

I have other news but it will be a couple days before I can update on that. Stay tuned.

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Look how the time flies…AviationCriminal.com is one year in.

In April 2011 it was announced that David G. Riggs would be flying in the Camarillo Air Show. As a member of the Southern California Aviation community I was appalled that someone who had his pilot certificate revoked for a year, and was still on probation for a criminal charge for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier in a military jet (L-39 Albatross) would be invited to participate in something like a community air show. With knowledge of some of the other questionable activities David G. Riggs had been involved in it seemed inconceivable that this would be one of the people representing aviation and pilots at a publicly attended air show.

So began AviationCriminal.com. Since that time, the Webmaster (myself) has dealt with numerous threats, harassment, a law suit (still pending) and been witness to many events and conversations with others who have been victimized by David G. Riggs.

Some of those stories have been told on this site. Some, out of fear of future lawsuits or just a desire to be done with Riggs forever, asked me not to share the stories publicly but wanted to finally be able to tell someone. I have honored every one of those requests.

As investigations began and I dug deeper into who David G. Riggs is the surprises, and depth of his criminal history was, for lack of a better description, disturbing and downright scary.

Tracing all the way back to the beginning and finding out that Riggs’ criminal career dated back to 1980 when he was arrested (as a teenager) for robbing a Ramada Inn motel. During his arrest the police discovered that Riggs had several fraudulently obtained credit cards and drivers licenses on his person as well. Quickly climbing the criminal ladder, shoplifting and an insurance fraud scheme were added to his rap sheet. Then Riggs joined the big leagues with his Mokan Productions company scam in Kansas City. In 1987 he was charged with securities fraud in relation to Mokan.

Riggs, rather than face prosecution, fled the country, globe-hopping to New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. While on the run he obtained passports in the names of other people, one of whom died only days prior to Riggs using his name. In South Africa Riggs got involved in a plot to murder two people, steal poached rhino horns and smuggle the contraband into Hong Kong where he was arrested for traveling on one of the fake passports. This completely obliterated an investigation being done by the South African authorities who knew about the murder plot and were going to arrest him. A book about that story (Contraband: South Africa and the International Trade in Ivory and Rhino Horn) was published in 1995 detailing the exploits of Riggs. It is slated to be republished sometime in late 2012.

After spending a year behind bars (men’s detention) in Hong Kong, Riggs was extradited back to the United States to stand trial for the charges that were pending in Kansas. From a 20 count indictment, he managed to plea-bargain and pled guilty to one count of bank fraud, one count of wire fraud and a count of passport fraud. Riggs was sentenced to 10 years, given credit for the time he spent in Hong Kong and the pre-sentencing time he spent in Leavenworth and ultimately, served approximately another 3 in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary and Seagoville prison (Texas).

When he was released from prison Riggs headed for Atlanta, Georgia and then Tampa, Florida, leaving behind a trail of bad accounts and bad feelings before ending up in Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles Riggs started working in the editing business before moving into the film industry. He partnered with a successful visual arts professional and still lays claim to Emmys and other awards that were actually won by his ex-partner and her company. When that relationship ended (badly) he left his former partner in dire financial straits and with her career in ashes. Riggs also allegedly defrauded a group of movie investors (multiple court cases still pending) who became involved with Riggs’ feature film production debacle. Two pilots died while under Riggs’ direction during the filming of a flight sequence as part of the movie, Succubus Hell-Bent. While executing a blind maneuver, requested by Riggs, the L-39 crashed into a mountain top. Only one movie reached completion while he was still involved but not without major drama. Kill Speed, was re-tooled, completed and released but only after years of litigation that damaged it tremendously before it ever saw the light of day. Another film project, Kerosene Cowboys aka Red Sky, is seeing its fair share of litigation and remains uncompleted.

In 2010 Riggs traveled to China to fly in a fake race at an airshow with 2 other American pilots. Before that trip was over, the promoter cut off all financial assistance (hotel, food, etc) to the pilots and severed ties with Riggs. After returning home he was sued for not paying one of the pilots for damages to his plane incurred in China and for defamation, resulting in a judgment against him and Mach One Aviation in the amount of $29,000 as well as $5400 for legal fees. Another incident and legal action involving a hot air balloon that Riggs refused to return to the rightful owner (and was in Riggs’ possession) unless Riggs was paid what its owner alleged, was nothing more than a ransom, also arose from that same bogus race trip to China.

And then came the Ultimate Air Race Championship (UARC) an ill-advised and highly dangerous air race that Riggs attempted to stage at Camarillo’s 2011 air show. With pilots whom some felt were not qualified to do the flights they were promoting, as well as questions as to the safety and maintenance of Riggs’ own plane, questions were asked both at AviationCriminal.com and other news sites. Riggs used the airshow in China to tout the “American debut” of the UARC, although the name UARC had never been mentioned during the trip to China and it was, as stated, not an actual air race. The website for the Camarillo Air Show was advertising for months that they had received all necessary FAA waivers when they actually had not. Mass media promotion went into the show, including an appearance on a local Los Angeles morning show touting the race that was never meant to be. There’s been no public report on how much money Wings Over Camarillo may have lost in that nightmare, but the monetary loss and embarrassment probably wasn’t minor.

Riggs spent quite a bit of time and effort to discover who was doing this website and when he did finally get a name and address, he instructed the members of his team as well as at least one member of the Camarillo Air Show to email and threaten the “Webmaster.” Only 3 of his cohorts took Riggs up on that plan.

With all of the challenges of the air show going on Riggs was also dealing with bankruptcy filings for himself, his company, Mach I Aviation, Afterburner Films, Inc. and Kerosene Cowboys, Inc. Questions have been raised about the transfer of ownership of some of his assets (including the L-39 involved in the Santa Monica incident) to different entities just prior to his bankruptcy filings. It also came to light that an airplane belonging to another investor in one of Riggs’ failed businesses had suddenly shown up in his company’s name and was listed as an asset of Mach I Aviation and was to be liquidated by the bankruptcy Trustee until a lawsuit was filed. The trial is set to commence in bankruptcy court shortly.
Riggs was also appealing (and losing) his conviction for the Santa Monica flight. This resulted in a short jail stay when he was cited for a probation violation for not doing the community labor cleaning Santa Monica beach.

Eventually the FAA announced that they would not be giving the waivers necessary for the UARC to perform the race they had proposed. Riggs and the pilots involved with him were given an alternate option of doing a straight fly by. Come show day (weekend) Riggs’ plane never left the ground. It was later reported that he said he had a mechanical problem with the plane.

The webmaster of AviationCriminal.com and friends were almost refused entry to the Camarillo Air Show, were harassed throughout the weekend, had the cops called on them at least twice (with no action resulting). One friend was physically assaulted resulting in an injury. Litigation for that episode is also pending.
AviationCriminal.com is currently being sued, in Nevada, by Mach One Aviation as a result of its reporting. The site has been accused of being the sole reason the UARC air race during the Camarillo Air Show failed.

In addition to all of this and more, Dave Riggs was flying, for years, what appear to be illegal flights for hire in L-39 aircraft. This was reported by multiple people to the FAA who never saw fit to do anything about it. In 2012, a pilot and passenger were killed in Boulder City Nevada while doing a paid flight arranged by the Riggs controlled company, Mach One Aviation, and Florida based Incredible Adventures. Riggs was in an experimental (L-39) plane flying in formation with the other that crashed. That investigation is ongoing.

So we are a year and 100,000 hits into this and have to ask. What’s changed? Not much to be honest.

The Camarillo Air Show 2012 is coming up soon. I don’t think there will be an appearance by Mr. Riggs this year. I imagine I can attend it without being accosted by the Air Show volunteers or the police. But that’s about the only thing I see that’s different.

Riggs is STILL dealing with the consequences of the Santa Monica incident, as he has yet to complete the community labor he was sentenced to. Once again, the courts gave him another year to finish it.

He is still, even after the deaths of 2 people, advertising flights for hire at Incredible Adventures. The FAA and NTSB continue that investigation but it’s unknown what the ramifications of that will be both for Riggs, and for the FAA who blatantly ignored the reports, warnings and pleas that were sent to them regarding those flights.

Lawsuits with movies investors, the bankruptcy court and other are still grinding their way through the system.

He still has a multitude of sites online purporting to be one of the most successful movie/aviation guys in the history of the world. With little to no observable proof of the claims. He often blatantly lies (stating he’s a college graduate is one of the more minor untruths). Often managing to tag himself on to the awards and achievements of others through some flimsy connections between himself or his company (Mach One and Afterburner Jets).

One of the more obvious lies is the following which comes from his site daveriggspilot.com

With more than 30 years of flying experience and dozens of Hollywood Movies and Television shows to his credit, Dave Riggs has brought aviation to the theaters and living rooms of more people than nearly any pilot in the world.

You can check his IMDB page to verify the UNTRUTH of that sentence.

Those who know the truth, know that HE has not actually flown in even half of the shows he purports to have and I’ve only been able to verify 2 or 3. Perhaps his planes have and in at least one incidence it was prior to him actually even owning the plane.

So, while the internet continues to give him the ability to post whatever yarn of fantasy he wants, to try to reel in more investors (victims), to take advantage of others, and to endanger the lives of an unsuspecting public, I continue to stand strong and try to get the word and warning out there.

Will I have to be here long enough to get 200,000 hits before someone finally does something to stop this guy?

FAA, NTSB, FBI, DOJ, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, CIA, someone, please stand up and hold this guy accountable for the lives he has destroyed.

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Milestone

Last night AviationCriminal.com made it to 100,000 hits. I never could have imagined that when I started the site a year ago. Think about that for a second. One site, about one man. 100,000 hits. Obviously Riggs has made an impression on people. We have had hits from literally all over the world. I can only hope that somewhere we have helped people from being hurt or ripped off.

I would like to thank the reader who was kind enough to send me a screen shot of the 100k.

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15 days and counting

Well, the 15 days for me to remove from my website the “offending material” related to the movie Kill Speed is up as of today, so I suppose Mr. Tiscareno may be planning to make good on his threat to file a lawsuit against me. Honestly I don’t know if he’s really that dumb but I guess we’ll find out.

Before he does though I hope he takes into consideration the less than stellar results he’s already had with the cases he’s gotten involved in.

As I mentioned previously he already has been sanctioned by the courts several times in regards to cases and motions he’s tried to file and or litigate in various courts regarding his screenplay “Fastglass”.

I covered this previously but let’s take a little trip down memory lane shall we?

According to court records, Tiscareno made multiple appearances in his portion of the Los Angeles County Superior Court case (BC377905) against Kim Bass, Jon Zimmerman (the cop in the trailer) and others. Tiscareno’s portion of the case was thrown out by the judge, I read that Jon Zimmerman (again, the cop in the trailer) and others were awarded sanctions against him in BC377905 in the amounts of $3,200 and $4,500. According to court records, Tiscareno asked the Court of Appeal in Los Angeles to overturn the two sanction orders, but it refused. He then asked the Court of Appeal for a rehearing, but the Court of Appeal denied the request. He then asked the Supreme Court of California to overturn the sanction orders, but it refused. According to court records, Jon Zimmerman and the other respondents in the appeal were awarded their costs on appeal ($756.26) against him.

According to court records, Tiscareno then filed a motion in BC377905 asking the judge, who ordered the $7,700 sanctions against him, to reconsider his two sanction orders, but that judge refused the request and sanctioned him an additional $4,000. Let’s see, if my math is correct that’s $12,456.26 in sanctions and costs on appeal imposed against him.

According to court records, he filed a lawsuit in Contra Costa County against the attorney who represented the people he sued in BC377905. The judge in the Northern California case ordered his case transferred to Los Angeles County Superior Court, ordered him to pay the transfer fee, and ordered him to pay a $6,485 sanction to that attorney for the attorney fees and costs he incurred making his motion to transfer (imagine that). According to court records, Tiscareno’s motion for reconsideration was denied.

According to court records, he filed an appeal, but the appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal in San Francisco. I am wondering out loud if you have paid any of the $18,941.26 in sanctions and costs on appeal that were imposed against you. With interest on the sanctions and costs on appeal, I bet you owe over $20,000.

These are fairly large files but feel free to give them a read. And please note; some of these are borne out of cases involving David G. Riggs as the defendant.

Riggs was already in lawsuits with the investors in Afterburner Films, Inc. stemming from the failed Fast Glass film project. There were already court hearings and arguments taking place as to who owned the film and footage and then Tiscareno attempted to inject himself into the litigation by claiming the movie was his. Tiscareno was also representing himself in pro per (acting as his own attorney) and if you read the Scheduling Conference Transcript which is from yet another case (CV 10-440-SJO(AGRx) when he sued Kill Speed writer-director Kim Bass for copyright infringement, you will see he wasn’t exactly doing a bang up job.

Mr. Tiscareno told me in his first letter that he had dropped the lawsuit against Kim Bass because he felt that Kim and Epic Pictures didn’t have assets worth suing for. He also stated that he dismissed the case without prejudice. But then I found that wasn’t actually true as he asked the court to dismiss the case WITH PREJUDICE. The court, of its own disgression, had previously dismissed Epic from the case “with prejudice.” The court made the decision to dismiss Tiscareno’s case against Bass WITHOUT PREJUDICE when Bass would not agree to stipulate that he would not hold Tiscareno responsible for his actions.

Now I don’t know if Riggs put Tiscareno up to this nonsense of contacting me with his threatening letters, but I am certain they have, at the very least, communicated, because there is no other way that Tiscareno could have gotten my home address to send me these letters. I’m slightly dumbfounded that hooking up with Riggs and ending up with almost 20k in court sanctions against you isn’t enough to show someone that getting in the middle of Riggs’ battles isn’t in your best interest.

I’ll also add that I have started to read a copy of the Fastglass screenplay, supposedly written by Tiscareno (it was filed as an exhibt on December 1, 2010 along with a motion). It is available in the federal court records on Pacer. And uh yeah. I’ve only read the first 20 pages so far, but I can clearly see such a huge difference between it and Bass’ Film, Kill Speed (which I’ve already watched and commented on), as to make me wonder what (or who) in the world could have possibly convinced Mr. Tiscareno that he had a case. With the exception of having similar original titles (Fastglass and Fast Glass) they couldn’t be much more different. And since it’s my understanding you can’t copyright a title, Tiscareno loses on that count as well.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what Tony Tiscareno decides to do, but once again, someone who got mixed up with Riggs just seems to be caught in a never ending, muddled cycle of lawsuits.

I’m also reasonably sure that should this continue my final words to Mr. Tiscareno will be short and sweet.

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Tony Tiscareno Part 2

I received another Letter from Tony Tiscareno. This is a DMCA claim on (I assume) the Kill Speed trailer I linked to. He doesn’t really say. I’m just a guessin.

I’d like to share with you all, including him and any of his friends, the response that is going out in the mail.

Mr. Tiscareno,

I am in receipt of your letter dated July 6, 2012 regarding the DMCA Takedown Notice RE: Kill Speed.

Since you did not specify what file it is that you claim I am hosting I can only guess that you are referring to the Kill Speed Trailer that I linked to on July 1, 2012 at this link:
Kill Speed Trailer.

You know..this one:

First of all, this is a link to a TRAILER for a movie called Kill Speed not the movie itself. You are referencing a screenplay titled Fastglass.

Secondly, as far as I have found through my research, you do NOT own the copyright to this trailer. I looked at the link you referenced in your letter which is for a copyright to a screenplay titled Fastglass 6th edition that was registered in 1996.

Fastglass screenplay

I would refer you to the link (below) that clearly shows the copyright information for the movie Kill Speed being registered in 2007:

Kill Speed movie

The Kill Speed copyright is held by No More Games, LLC and NOT you, as you claim in your letter.

If you have a court order that evidences your ownership of the copyright to the film Kill Speed I’m sure you can get the sites hosting the trailer to remove it. In any case, my site is not hosting it. It is merely linking to it. If you check the link you will find it traces back to a different site entirely and is NOT on my webhost which is Underhost Inc. (http://underhost.com).

I would also like to direct you to a post I did last year that explains what a SLAPP suit is, and in response, what an ANTI-SLAPP motion is.
You can find that particular post here: SLAPP/ANTI-SLAPP.

The lawsuit that you are threatening me with equates to a SLAPP suit which is nothing more than an ill-advised attempt to infringe upon my freedom of speech. Should you choose to actually file a complaint against me, please be aware that I will IMMEDIATELY file an ANTI-SLAPP motion. At that time you will need to prove, to the court, that you legally own (not just say you own) the copyright that you are claiming (under penalty of perjury) in your letter(s), and for which I can find no evidence that proves your claim. Once you lose, and I have no doubt that you will lose, you will be responsible for all of my legal fees.

Mr. Tiscareno, all I have in the way of “evidence” that you own the copyright to Kill Speed are mere letters (supposedly written and sent by Tony Tiscareno) that “just say so.” And in the first letter you sent to me you claim you dismissed your lawsuit “Without Prejudice” against Epic Pictures and Kim Bass because neither had any “substantial assets from which to recover damages.” Well, not so fast…

First of all, the Federal Court documents in the case clearly show that the portion of the case against Epic Pictures and others was dismissed “With Prejudice” by the court and NOT by you as you erroneously stated in your letter. See court judgment here: Court Judgment

Secondly, you sent a letter to the judge in the case requesting that the remainder of your lawsuit (namely the copyright infringement claim against Kim Bass) be “Dismissed With Prejudice” because of your own “Personal Reasons” and NOT because Bass and Epic had no substantial assets. See copy of your letter to the judge here: Tony Tiscareno letter to judge

It appears to me to be abundantly clear that you are not being truthful, Mr. Tiscareno. In other words, it seems to me that your story does not add up. Let’s take a look at a few of the facts, shall we?

1.) You filed a federal lawsuit (demanding a jury trial) against Bass, Epic Pictures and others for ten million dollars claiming Bass (a successful, award-winning writer-director) plagiarized your screenplay.

2.) You paid your longtime writing instructor (James Delassandro) $500 to do a comparative analysis of your screenplay and Bass’ and to be your so-called “expert witness.” In my opinion, not exactly a neutral or unbiased opinion to be expected from the man who mentored you on the only screenplay you’ve ever written.

3.) According to court records, you also made multiple appearances in your portion of the Los Angeles County Superior Court case (BC377905) against Kim Bass, Jon Zimmerman (the cop in the trailer) and others. Not only was your portion of the case thrown out by the judge, I read that Jon Zimmerman (again, the cop in the trailer) and others were awarded sanctions against you in BC377905 in the amounts of $3,200 and $4,500. According to court records, you asked the Court of Appeal in Los Angeles to overturn the two sanction orders, but it refused. You then asked the Court of Appeal for a rehearing, but the Court of Appeal denied your request. You even asked the Supreme Court of California to overturn the sanction orders, but it refused. According to court records, Jon Zimmerman and the other respondents in your appeal were awarded their costs on appeal ($756.26) against you.

According to court records, you then filed a motion in BC377905 asking the judge, who ordered the $7,700 sanctions against you, to reconsider his two sanction orders, but that judge refused your request and sanctioned you an additional $4,000. Let’s see, if my math is correct that’s $12,456.26 in sanctions and costs on appeal imposed against you.

According to court records, you filed a lawsuit in Contra Costa County against the attorney who represented the people you sued in BC377905. The judge in your Northern California case ordered your case transferred to Los Angeles County Superior Court, ordered you to pay the transfer fee, and ordered you to pay a $6,485 sanction to that attorney for the attorney fees and costs he incurred making his motion to transfer (imagine that). According to court records, your motion for reconsideration was denied.

According to court records, you filed an appeal, but your appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal in San Francisco. I am wondering out loud if you have paid any of the $18,941.26 in sanctions and costs on appeal that were imposed against you. With interest on the sanctions and costs on appeal, I bet you owe over $20,000.

4.) You asked the judge in your copyright infringement lawsuit to dismiss your case against Bass for “personal reasons” just one week and a day away from your big day in court. Where is the sense of conviction in that? I submit non-existent by any measure or stretch of any half way intelligent individual’s imagination.

Mr. Tiscareno, your unsubstantiated claim that you own a movie based upon a screenplay you supposedly wrote nearly 20 years ago appears to me to be baseless and honestly, ridiculous.

This is something you could have, and should have, gotten to the bottom of in court with the case that you filed against the people involved in the making, marketing and distribution of the movie. The fact that Federal Court records show that most of your copyright lawsuit was dismissed by the judge (With Prejudice based upon motions by the defendants) and that you chose to dismiss what little was left of your case only eight days before the jury trial that you requested flies in the face of sound reasoning. My take is that there is something very wrong with this picture, and I don’t mean with Mr. Bass’ movie. Like I said in my review of it; I liked it a lot and I hope people support it by buying or renting it.

Mr. Tiscareno, your unsubstantiated and un-litigated claims have nothing whatsoever to do with me and I do not appreciate your toothless threats against me for simply writing a review of a film (I bought from a reputable retailer) and linking to its trailer.

Finally, as this is the second letter I have received from you claiming you own the copyright to a movie that was legally released by its documented copyright holder and licensees, and is being rented or sold by hundreds of vendors throughout the world (despite your claims and many courtroom appearances), I demand that you cease and desist contacting me with your threatening letters. You have now crossed the line into harassment when I have done nothing wrong or illegal, but merely exercised my First Amendment Right— Freedom of Speech.

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Bankruptcy Fraud

I posted previously and here about how a lot of Riggs assets were transferred just prior or just after he filed bankruptcy. I also said it seemed that could amount to bankruptcy fraud.

An article today on TMZ shows how serious that can be. Lenny Dykstra is in trouble.

We can only hope the bankruptcy court in Riggs case does the same.

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Radio silence

Just to update..there is no update.

We’ve heard nothing of what the FAA or NTSB may be doing in regards to the investigation of the L-39 crash in Boulder City that allegedly involved a paid flight put together by Mach One Aviation (a Nevada corporation) and Incredible Adventures (located in Florida).

While I’d love to believe they are actually going to do something..I just don’t know.

Is the victims family doing anything? Looking into legal or civil recourse? I don’t know. I promise that when I hear something I will pass that information on.

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Got that question answered.

Is it worth it? Yes.

First they postponed the court date.
Same day I get a call from Mr. Lapenda.
Today, it’s a Letter from Tony Tiscareno

I have been accused of “aiding and abetting the selling and distribution of stolen property” Namely Kill Speed.

Couple problems here.

I’m not selling it. I just reviewed it.
I have FULL permission from the owner of the copyright on both the pictures and the trailer to use them on this site (sorry Tony, that isn’t you).
I have read Mr. Tiscareno’s deposition in regards to this whole debacle where he describes HIS screenplay “Fastglass”. Umm..no.
I am aware of the lawsuit you filed, the portions of it you lost and the portion you dismissed 8 days before you were supposed to go in front of a jury. I actually covered it in fair detail here.
I guess if you want to file suit in Federal Court I can’t stop you but I do hope you realize that before you can sue ME, you need to prove that Kim Bass actually plagiarized you. You can’t skip that step.
I’m curious. Did you send this letter to Amazon? That’s who I bought the movie from. Walmart? Barnes and Noble? Anyone else that is actually SELLING the movie and not just reviewing it? Please let me know how that works out for you.

Now, I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before but I guess I need to repeat it.

I’m sorry that there are people who are unhappy about things on this site. Some of you are just innocent victims and that really is a bummer. But I am here to tell a story..and a journalist cannot just pick and choose what part of the story they want to tell. You either tell it all..or none of it.

That’s what I’ve done. If there is something that is in error, I’m more than happy to correct it (not REMOVE it, correct it). But I can’t rewrite history. And I’m not removing ANYTHING from this site (with the exception of ONE picture I was requested to remove that I do not have a copyright or permission to use).

If that is why you are contacting me, please save us both the time.

Phone calls won’t change history. Threatening letters won’t warp reality.

And sorry, but that letter proved that yes, what I’m doing is important and people do need to know. I do not know if Riggs has put these people up to these calls and letters but really the timing makes you question it. And I’m not sure how else Mr. Lapenda could have gotten my phone number or Mr. Tiscareno could have gotten my address. A little common sense answers those questions.

The Kill Speed post went up late on the night of July 1st. The letter is dated July 2nd. I guess I should be flattered that people are so invested in my site.

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Is this worth it.

I’m truly beginning to wonder if this website is even worth the effort. Law enforcement, the courts, the FAA…none of them seem to give a damn what Riggs does to anyone. What laws he breaks, what cons he runs, who loses money, who loses their life. I had hopes that I could warn people, save them the heartache. Hopes that if it was all here, in black and white so to speak, people would truly see the patterns and put an end to it. And yet, here we are. Two more people are dead. And so far, I don’t know if anyone is going to do anything. It’s like spitting into the wind.

In the meantime what I have gotten out of it? A lot of time lost. An eye opening education on the FAA and their total lack of effectiveness or concern. People who think I’m nuts (which is the least of the issues, I truly could care less), a lawsuit, and issues with people in my world.

The renewal on the webserver is up soon. A few days. I really have to give some thought to whether I should pay it and continue or just call it a day.

The majority of the site has been copied by someone at Dave Riggs Criminal. That person can always follow up if they choose. And I can move on with my life.

Maybe it’s time.

Nothing here seems to be making any difference. No one will hold this guy accountable for his actions..why should I?

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Law Enforcement Criminal Report

Ever wonder what kind of stuff can be found when Law Enforcement does a search on you?

You can see one here.

This is a report that was pulled during the time that Riggs was under investigation for the Santa Monica incident I believe. A couple of things I find interesting. His prison time in Leavenworth and Seagoville doesn’t seem to appear. Nor does anything in relation to Mach One, Mach 1 or Mach I. Only Panopoly and some other random companies (including Mokan).

Now part of that may be because Mach One (Nevada anyway) has never been registered to him. Currently everything is listed under someone name Robert Harris. I questioned that a long time ago because when I was looking Mach One up with the Nevada Secretary of State (Mach One’s registration is here) I found more than 2000 companies registered to this guy. Recently I found some interesting information.

CNBC did an interesting story about tax havens in Nevada. And specifically about a Mr. Robert Harris who lives in Fernley Nevada. You can find it here:

Ranch House Near Reno is a Thriving Tax Haven, and it’s not alone.

Basically, you pay him $174 and he registers your company for you. He lists himself as President, Secretary, Treasurer, etc. He sometimes receives mail for the companies he files for. I *think* by being the registrar he would also be the person you would have to serve if you filed a lawsuit against the company. I wonder if he’d also be the one you would file a lien on if you had a judgement against the company. Not sure, but it’s something some people should maybe look into.

Now, I preface this by saying that at least at this time, this is perfectly legal. The article talks about legislation that is being debated to try to tighten the reins on these companies to prevent them from laundering money and … hiding assets. That’s probably the part that becomes important in our case.

The article states:

“I don’t do any investigative work on the people,” he told CNBC Investigations Inc. in an interview in his small home office. “If they want to spend money, I take their business.”

Harris does say that if he learned a terrorist or a corrupt politician was laundering money through him, he would report them right away—“if I knew. That’s the thing. If I know.”

For a little extra money, Harris offers what he calls “Ultimate Asset Protection,” which includes a “virtual office with phone message and fax forwarding,” according to his web site. More important, Harris’ name and address appears on the official corporate documents instead of the owner’s.

“(T)here is no better way to cloak your assets from public view,” the web site says. “Moreover, it is far better than taking your assets out of the country.”

“It’s not everybody’s business what everybody owns,” Harris said.

So basically, it’s an easy way for a criminal to hide what he’s doing and launder money.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., says terrorists and foreign officials should not be allowed to hide behind anonymous shell companies when moving their money.

“We have, I think, some kind of moral responsibility there,” Levin told CNBC in an interview. “But it’s also a national security issue when corruption affects foreign regimes that can directly affect us and our security interests.”

Levin has introduced legislation that would require states to identify who is behind the companies they register.

I, for one, hope they are successful. I think it is absolutely ridiculous that someone can so easily hide their assets and who is behind any criminal activity so easily. It leads to nothing but innocent people getting ripped off and I’m sure there’s a trail of victims that would stop your heart.

Now I am a curious person so I did a bit of looking. I found what appears to be one of Mr. Harris’ sites here. I don’t know where the $174 he talks about in that interview comes from because his rates seem substantially higher. What I DID find is the end of his page quote that really made my eyes widen.

“Here At NBI our business principles are derived from faith in Christ. So, if by chance you’re interested in Bible Prophecy, we’re offering an excellent book.”

Uh yeah. He’s doing something that may be legal but has some possibly serious moral issues and defends it by saying if someone has money to spend he’ll take it and then starts talking about Jesus and selling a book. Really?

The mind boggles.

Definitely someone that seems to fit right in with Riggs and his schemes.

I did a small amount of research and found this in regards to serving a subpoena for financial records on a company in Nevada:

Obtain a subpoena form from the clerk located in the Las Vegas court where the action is pending or has been initiated. If the matter is Las Vegas Township Justice Court (which handles civil procedures within Las Vegas County), you must obtain a signed subpoena form from the clerk. The form will be blank but signed by the clerk.

Fill in the subpoena form. The subpoena must list the court and party information (including the case number). It must be addressed to the person in control of the financial records (such as the bank manager or president). It must state what financial documents need to be produced and how far back the records must go.

Hire a process server in Las Vegas to serve the subpoena. Once signed and filled out, the subpoena must be served on the person in control of the financial records. Parties to the lawsuit cannot serve subpoenas.

I guess if I (and others) have to go to court discovery just got more interesting.

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Kill Speed Takes Off

Chalk One Up For The Good Guys As Once Grounded Film Takes Flight

The victories are coming one-by-one against the outrageous criminal and abhorrent immoral actions of convicted felon, David Glen Riggs.

In March 2012 Randy Shatz was awarded damages in his lawsuit against Riggs and Mach One Aviation. here.

The jury found Riggs libel for defamation in the amount of $14,000 and Mach One Aviation, Inc. libel for breach of contract in the amount of $15,000. Total $29,000. As of the posting of this article the judgment remains unpaid.

Kathryn Peaslee, the Russian investors, and the, so-called, Zimmerman Investor Group each were granted relief from the automatic stay in bankruptcy court and may now continue with their California State Court litigation.

The jury trials for Kathryn Peaslee VS David G. Riggs et al (BC366673) and Jon Zimmerman et al VS David G. Riggs et al (BC377905) have been set for July 22, 2013.

The trial in the Russian’s (Kerosene Cowboys aka Red Sky) case against Riggs (BC431213) is also expected to begin in 2013.

A status conference in the adversary bankruptcy proceeding, Wright Flight Aviation Inc. vs David G. Riggs et al (BC432305) has been set for September 12, 2012.

One of these cases in particular is the subject of this post because while the sad saga surrounding it continues to be played out in one arena, in another arena there has been a major success.

The Zimmerman Investment Group’s case against Riggs is of particular interest because I covered it extensively in the past. But the main story is here

Fast Glass was never finished. The Zimmerman Investor Group alleges it lost every penny it invested in Afterburner Films, Inc.

But writer-director Kim Bass did not give up on his concept or his creativity. He set out to make a movie that incorporated experimental airplanes. And Bass, a commercial-rated pilot with a Citation type rating, accomplished his goal. After securing new investment money (I imagine it was no easy task when dealing with the taint and legal entanglements attached to the original production) he forged ahead with an apparently loyal cast and crew. Bass shot new scenes and some new flying footage. The end result– Kill Speed, a thoroughly entertaining, high-flying, action film that has no traces of the ugly drama all concerned went through getting it made.

When Kill Speed became available on DVD recently, I HAD to buy a copy. Then I had to rush right home to watch it. I truly didn’t know what to expect. As some of you know, I spend the majority of my weekends flying around the skies of SoCal in a Lancair so I’m very familiar with many of the planes featured in the film. And then you have the L-39s in it as well. Yeah!

The movie stars Andrew Keegan, Nick Carter, Brandon Quinn, Natalia Cigliuti and Greg Grunberg. There are also appearances by Tom Arnold, Robert Patrick, Shawnee Smith and (WWF wrestler) Bill Goldberg.

I’d heard a lot about the flight sequences and how they were done in such a way that led to the actors actually flying in the planes. There are a couple videos about it on YouTube if you’re interested. But, even still… sitting down to watch the movie I didn’t know what to expect.

I’m really happy to be able to say I was quite pleasantly surprised. Now, truth be told, Shakespeare it ain’t so don’t expect Hamlet, but if you’re looking for a good action flick with some great flying scenes and a good story that holds together even when the characters are on the ground, you’ll find it in Kill Speed. There is the traditional love story complicated by illegal drugs and dirty money. There are some funny one-liners and a back seat L-39 pilot who I thought stole each scene he was in (watch it and you’ll see what I mean).

With Riggs out of the picture (pun intended) the carnage of Fast Glass ultimately became Kill Speed, a fast-paced, fun-filled, independent film with big explosions and KICK ASS flying scenes.

Kim Bass’ film was fought hard for and, in our opinion, is symbolic of proof that convicted felon, David Glen Riggs, doesn’t always get his way or get away with things he shouldn’t.
Finally, from AviationCriminal.com, kudos to those who helped finish the film, the investor(s), the distributors who took a chance and released it under the threat of bogus lawsuits, the producers, the actors and the writer-director, all of whom worked to make a film they should be proud of for so many reasons, the least of which is just getting it finished.

I urge my readers to support Kill Speed by buying or renting it because it’s good… And if that’s not reason enough then just to make a point!

Find out more about Kill Speed at: Kill Speed Movie

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Another postponement

As per usual..court hearings never seem to happen when they should.

There was supposed to be a hearing in my case (Mach One vs me) on Tuesday July 3rd. For some reason the plaintiffs attorney requested a postponement..yesterday. So it’s been moved to August 23rd. Let the waiting continue….

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Interesting phone call today.

Mr. Lapenda called me today. Yeah, that Mr. Lapenda. The one who hasn’t even been mentioned here in almost a year. He requested that I take down a copyrighted picture of him. Done. It’s too bad that he is another piece of collateral damage in this whole saga. Along with a LOT of other people. But I reported the facts, so it is what it is. Just more proof that getting involved with someone who is doing stuff that isn’t legal or moral only leads to headache.

It was a cordial conversation that came out of the blue.

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David G. Riggs Pilot – Probation Violation Minutes

If you’d like to see a copy of the Minutes from the Probation Violation hearing you can find it here. (it may take a minute to load, large file)

I do not yet have the transcript of the hearing but I did want to clear up one error I saw on the LA Times article. Riggs will not do 6 months if he doesn’t finish the community labor. He will do a day for a day. In other words, how ever many does of community labor he doesn’t do, he will spend in jail. I believe the confusion arises because it’s my understanding the judge gave him a choice yesterday…do an additional 20 days community labor cleaning the Santa Monica Pier..or go directly to jail for 6 months. He obviously picked the community labor.

He was also released on his own recognizance and I would guess that’s because there is already a $20,000 bond posted (as per the minutes).

He apparently came up with proof of 13 days. So he has 67 left. It just galls me. He has had well over a year (almost 2) to do the 60 days and has not done so. Unfortunately because the 20 are an “additional” charge the judge has no choice but to give him time to do it. I was told (although it’s unconfirmed) that you can only do this particular community labor on the weekends. So to do 67 days..at 8 days a month (4 weekends) it would take almost 8 1/2 months to do it if you went every single weekend. I guess giving him 14 months allows for lousy weather, and an occasional weekend off.

It really is crazy that this case was filed in May of 2009 and is STILL ongoing. I mean seriously..how much of the states money can this guy waste? I think that’s why the judge just said do it by this date..period. They’ve got to be sick of dealing with him.

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David Riggs – probation revoked

Probation revoked for pilot who buzzed Santa Monica Pier

A local pilot who was convicted of recklessly operating an aircraft for buzzing Santa Monica Pier has been found in violation of his probation and ordered to perform 20 more days of beach cleanup or be sent to jail.

A Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner revoked David G. Riggs’ probation Monday because he failed to complete the 60 days of community service that was imposed in June 2010 as part of a broader sentence. At that time, Riggs also received a fine of $900, three years’ probation and 60 days in jail, of which he served a day due to overcrowding in Los Angeles County Jail.

The court on Monday ordered Riggs to perform the required beach cleanup by Sept. 27, 2013 or he would be jailed for six months. He will not be eligible for good time, work time or an early release that would reduce the sentence.

Riggs was convicted in June 2010 of recklessly operating an aircraft, a rarely used provision of the California Public Utilities Code. Prosecutors accused him of making low-level passes over Santa Monica Beach and the Santa Monica Pier on Nov. 6, 2008, flying an Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros, a military jet trainer that was popular in the Soviet bloc during the Cold War.

Federal authorities are now investigating Riggs in connection with the fatal crash of another L-39 Albatros that killed the pilot and a passenger on May 18 in Boulder City, Nev.

The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into whether Riggs and the pilot who was killed had illegally sold rides to the public the day of the accident. Authorities said Riggs, carrying a passenger in his own L-39, was flying next to the ill-fated plane shortly before it crashed in the desert.

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There are a couple of details here that I need to confirm as the information I was given was “slightly” different. I’ll verify and update as soon as I can.

Aero-News

Kathryn News

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Violation of probation

A call to the LAX court confirmed that David Riggs was found to be in violation of his probation for failure to complete his community labor of 60 days that he was given for the Santa Monica Pier incident in 2008. As a result, his probation has been revoked and he was given an additional 20 days of community labor to make a total of 80 days. He was given until September 27, 2013 to complete all 80 days. Should he not complete the 80 days community labor he will go back to jail. I do not, at this time, know if he’s made any attempt to pay the $6000 in fines and court costs.

More information to come.

As per usual, he has shown absolute and total disregard for the legal system and a complete unwillingness to take responsibility for his reckless and dangerous actions.

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Probation violation

Monday. June 25, 2012. 8:30am LAX Courthouse Dept 147

This is a probation violation hearing, not a status hearing.

Yes. Dave Riggs still on probation and apparently still violating that probation for his sentence for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier in 2008.

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Just an observation

Does anyone else find it slightly disturbing that Incredible Adventures is still advertising Hollywood Top Gun flights?

Setting aside the already macabre fact that they are using pictures of the Wild Child, a plane that was destroyed and killed 2 people several years ago, to advertise. Wouldn’t a company that had some class remove those ads at least until the investigation was over?

They never bothered to update this page either. It falsely states “When they aren’t busy making movies in Hollywood, two of IA’s Hollywood Top Gun pilots can be found racing airplanes around the world. The air races debuted in China during 2010 and featured some of the most dynamic flying ever seen. Pilots compete wingtip to wingtip and perform daring aerobatics along a specially designed course. Think “Formula 1″ in the sky.”.

The second pilot was Craig Schulze (the jet pilot who flew for hire, passengers, very shortly after getting his L-39 rating..a time when he should have, in many people’s opinion, been getting some actual experience flying a jet, not flying paying passengers). They don’t race around the world and didn’t even get to do the Camarillo Air Race. Not only that, but Craig didn’t go to China, it wasn’t a race and it wasn’t a competition. It was a choreographed flight.

They have also not, to our knowledge, even publicly acknowledged the fact that two people died while on one of their “Incredible Adventures”. Most companies would have at least issued a press release expressing their condolences to the families of the victims and I don’t know..maybe even making some perfunctory statement regarding what sort of investigation they were doing in the face of the accident or what they would do to ensure the safety of passengers in the future (the fact the flights are illegal not withstanding).

I guess that’s how you can keep your company honest? Just don’t say anything.

I see it as low class. But that’s just my opinion.

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Time to ask for answers

Nomination Hearing Scheduled By The Senate Commerce Committee June 21

A look at the calendar for the Senate Commerce Committee has a notation that will be of interest to just about everyone in the aviation community. On June 21, acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will sit before the committee in the first part of the process that could lead to his permanent appointment to the post.Huerta was named acting administrator following the resignation of Randy Babbitt, who had been accused of driving under the influence. Those charges were later dropped. President Obama appointed Huerta to complete Babbitt’s five-year term, and then have a full five-year term of his own.

With all of the action happening in regards to this I feel it is the perfect time to ask our government why they are not holding THEIR employees accountable. Perhaps you would like to join me.

Below is the letter I am sending to Senator Barbara Boxer in California. If you would like to also ask your representative why these things (as well as others) are going unchecked, please take the opportunity to find the representative in your area and contact them. Or contact Senator Boxer as these actions in particular took place in her state and should very much be of concern to her.

Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
Members: Members:
Cantwell, Maria (WA), Chairman
Inouye, Daniel K. (HI)
Boxer, Barbara (CA)
Nelson, Bill (FL)
Lautenberg, Frank R. (NJ)
Klobuchar, Amy (MN)
Udall, Tom (NM)
Warner, Mark R. (VA)
Begich, Mark (AK)
Rockefeller, John D. (WV), Ex Officio
Thune, John (SD), Ranking Member
DeMint, Jim (SC)
Wicker, Roger F. (MS)
Isakson, Johnny (GA)
Blunt, Roy (MO)
Boozman, John (AR)
Toomey, Patrick J. (PA)
Heller, Dean (NV)
Hutchison, Kay Bailey (TX), Ex Officio

The Honorable Barbara Boxer:

As an active member of the aviation community in Southern California I am writing to you in order to request that your office open an investigation of the Western Pacific Region of the FAA and more specifically the Van Nuys Flight Standards District Office.

As a member of the Subcommittee of Aviation Operations Safety and Security, it is vital that those charged with maintaining the highest level of professionalism and aviation-related safety be questioned as to why, in the face of years of irrefutable and overwhelming evidence, the Van Nuys FSDO has not stopped David G. Riggs, a reckless, renegade pilot from flying, illegal, paid flights in his L-39 Albatross which is a Soviet designed, military fighter jet trainer that falls under the “Experimental/Exhibition” Category. FAA Regulations specifically state that an aircraft in this category cannot be used for paid flights with the exception of training under a special “Letter of Deviation.” This same pilot, who also happens to be a convicted felon, had his pilot certificate revoked and was tried and sentenced to 60 days in jail for buzzing the Santa Monica pier in the same L-39 fighter jet trainer in 2008.

Many concerned citizens have reported Mr. Riggs’ illegal flights to the Van Nuys FSDO over the past several years. Even faced with documented proof, as there are even videos on YouTube, no action has ever been taken.

My website, http://aviationcriminal.com, in an effort to educate and warn the public has documented the criminal activities of David G. Riggs including his illegal commercial flights.

Two former FAA inspectors also tried to investigate these flights as well as the maintenance on the plane in question and were told to stand down by their superiors. One was terminated prior to the end of his probation period and the other, a long time employee of the FAA, had the case he was working up against David Glen Riggs taken away from him and then was forced into early retirement.

On May 18, 2012 during one of these paid flights in Boulder City Nevada the L-39 that was flying in formation with David G. Riggs in another L-39 Albatross crashed on takeoff, resulting in the death of both the pilot, Doug Gilliss, as well as paying passenger, Richard A. Winslow from Palm Desert, California.

In the preliminary report from the NTSB it was reported that this was a paid flight with eight passengers scheduled to fly that day. The flights were arranged by David G. Riggs’ company Mach One Aviation which is registered in Nevada but operated out of a California office at the Santa Monica Airport and Incredible Adventures which is a company in Florida.

While it will be months before an actual cause of the crash is determined and released, the facts are that the flight was a paid flight with a passenger who is now deceased, who never should have been in that plane in the first place. And had the Van Nuys FSDO worked to enforce the regulations when they were informed of these rides, paying passenger Winslow never would have been.

During the course of my reporting, David G. Riggs called in at least one confirmed false report to the Van Nuys FSDO regarding another pilot familiar with Mr. Riggs and his illicit aviation activities. It is believed this was in retaliation for my website and for having successfully sued Mr. Riggs for fraud and defamation.

While the Van Nuys FSDO was quick to follow up and investigate what began as an “anonymous” report to the FAA hotline, they have done nothing to investigate, or stop, the illegal L-39 flights that have been reported numerous times, from numerous people.

With hearings beginning to approve the assignment of a new head of the FAA, now is the ideal time to look into how this organization, which is supposed to oversee the safety of our skies, seems to consistently ignore the tough cases and only go after those that will have an easy, and quick resolution.

This is only one of, what I am sure are numerous instances of the FAA ignoring a serious safety risk while following up on what are relatively minor (and often anonymous) unsubstantiated reports. This is not the way the FAA should operate.

Why are serious infractions in flight, that can and do result in death, being given a blind eye while someone else can make an anonymous report of a pilot with NO previous infractions flying with “kidney stones” and the FSDO is quick to jump and threaten to take that pilot’s certificate? In addition, when it was shown that the report was done with malicious intent, again, nothing was done to hold the pilot, again, David G. Riggs, responsible for his actions. This did nothing more than give the rogue pilot permission to continue using the FAA, and taxpayer dollars, as a weapon of harassment and intimidation.

General Aviation in this country fights enough battles just to stay viable. When the people in aviation are asking for assistance to stop a criminal and prevent a tragedy and are being denied that assistance by the very people who are drawing a paycheck for exactly that purpose, something in the system is, quite simply, broken.

I thank you for your time and more importantly your attention to what is a very serious concern not only for those of us who are members of the aviation community on a daily basis, but also those who are citizens that have already fallen prey to these unsafe actions and will do so in the future if the people in question are not held accountable.

With Kindest Regards,

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Technical difficulties

The site seems to be going up and down today. The webhost is working on it. Not sure if it’s a server issue or if the site is (again) under attack. Please check back if you find you have trouble. As always, we will be back. In the meantime you can always check Dave Riggs Criminal as they seem to be pretty quick to pick up my posts.

Thanks.

UPDATE 6:30pm PST: the site should be better now, there was an attack on the server but it is being controlled now.

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The FAA ain’t what it used to be.

Airbourne

Once again, Jim Campbell at Aero-News is reporting what no one else seems to want to say. His report relating to this case is at 18 minutes.

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FAA: Pilots Illegally Charged Passengers in Ill Fated Flight

Palm Desert Patch

Feds say the jet that killed a Palm Desert man in a crash last month should never have been used for commercial uses.
By Eddie Trent Email the author June 14, 2012

The Czech-built L-39 jet that crashed in the Nevada desert last month, killing Richard Winslow of Palm Desert was still considered “experimental” by the Federal Aviation Administration, and not authorized for paying passengers.

The FAA also says both pilots flying the jets had been reprimanded previously for violations.

More from the Las Vegas Review-Journal here.

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A little help here please.

I’m seeing two articles on AvWeb that leave me a bit flummoxed.

The first is here

It states:

Two pilots who had previously had their certificates revoked are related to the fatal crash of an L-39 jet on May 18 near Boulder City airport, NV, the FAA said Wednesday. Douglas Edward Gilliss, was killed along with his passenger in the crash. Investigators now say Gilliss had previously had his certificate temporarily revoked for falsifying the check ride of a pilot involved in the fatal 2009 crash of an L-29. On his own fatal flight, Gilliss flew an L-39 alongside another piloted by David Glen Riggs, who, as AVweb reported Monday, has also once had his certificate temporarily revoked. The FAA is also pursuing evidence of possible violations during the Boulder City crash.

Riggs lost his certificate for one year after buzzing California’s Santa Monica pier in 2009. Investigators are also following up on reports that the fatal flight was flown while breaking more regulations. The FAA is trying to determine whether Riggs and Gilliss were illegally flying passengers for hire in the experimental aircraft, according an anonymous source “close to the investigation” cited by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The NTSB has already released a report that said the passenger who was killed was part of a group of eight people who were taking flight tours in the jets. Both Gilliss and Riggs held appropriate ratings at the time of the Boulder City crash. FAA regulations generally prohibit the pilots from charging for flights on the L-39s. The FAA is currently considering changes to rules that could make such flights legal in the future, or ban them altogether. AVweb has covered that story, here.

It’s the last sentence that gets me. “The FAA is currently considering changes to rules that could make such flights legal in the future, or ban them altogether”

The article they refer to about that is here.

IT says:

According to the Collings Foundation, you can see their historic aircraft at airshows largely because of specific exemptions granted by the FAA, but that could soon change for them and similar organizations and your chance to comment ends June 18. In March of 2011, the FAA put a moratorium on issuing the exemptions and they are currently under review, so your voice matters. Hunter Chaney, director of marketing for Collings, told AVweb Thursday that it’s now unclear whether the FAA will issue new exemptions for newly restored aircraft or even reissue current exemptions. That, says Chaney, could cripple the ability for organizations like Collings to bring their historic aircraft to airshows and share them with the public. Click here for more details and to hear our conversation with Chaney.

The exemptions in question allow operators of historic aircraft to recover some of their costs of operation by offering the public the chance to purchase rides on the aircraft. Chaney told AVweb Thursday that the revenue pays to bring the aircraft to the airshows. Without it, Chaney said, that sort of operation could stop. The FAA has opened the issue for discussion and is accepting comments. To learn more and contribute your thoughts, click here.

Can someone tell me if L-39s actually fall under this whole warbird thing? It’s my understanding that a “historic aircraft” would have to be a LOT older than these L-39s and the original regs said they had to be american made (but I think there was a revision written later to change that).

Unless I’m completely wrong (which is possible)…the fight the Collings Foundation is talking about would have NOTHING to do with L-39s. That doesn’t mean that the actions of someone like Riggs couldn’t cause problems for them anyway. Especially now.

I’d really like to understand this but I don’t know enough about the warbird flights to be confident in my thoughts.

Also, the flights these guys are talking about doing are WAY different than what Riggs and Incredible Adventures did.

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More coverage on L-39 crash investigation involving pilot Dave Riggs

Las Vegas Review Journal.

Part of the article:

“FAA regulations prohibit charging for rides on experimental aircraft such as L39s except, under certain circumstances, if the purpose of the operation is flight instruction,” Gregor wrote, responding to an email query from the Review-Journal.

A source close to the fatal crash investigation said the FAA was trying to determine whether David Glen Riggs, the Southern California pilot whose L-39 Albatros didn’t crash, was illegally selling rides to the public on the trainer jet. Authorities have said Riggs was piloting his Cold War-era, Soviet-Bloc trainer jet next to the one that crashed.

Riggs’ civilian airmen certificates were revoked for a year after he buzzed the Santa Monica, Calif., pier in 2008, Gregor said.

Attempts to reach Riggs by telephone were unsuccessful Wednesday. Two numbers listed for his previous addresses in Santa Monica and Universal City, Calif., had been disconnected

Also see:

KRNV – My News 4

KLAS – 8 News Now

Fox Reno

KTVN – 2

KTVU – San Francisco

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Dave Riggs – Failure

Riggs leaving South Africa on his way to Hong Kong. He didn’t make the return trip as he was busted for traveling on a false passport. The picture was taken by De Wet Potgieter who later wrote Contraband: South Africa and the International Trade in Ivory and Rhino Horn. The day of their departure for Hong Kong the cops arranged for De Wet to sit in a vehicle on the tarmac with tinted windows taking pictures of them leaving. The book is going to be republished in 2012 and is an interesting case study of the out of hand smuggling that was going on in the 80s. It also details extensively the part that Dave Riggs attempted, and failed to have in that trade. I thank Mr. Potgieter for sharing.

This picture is the rhino horns provided by the cops for the sting operation and the money came from Riggs to pay for the contraband. To the right sat the former commander of the Endangered Species Protection Unit, Colonel Pieter Lategan.

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