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FAA Launches Pilot Investigation After TMZ Story

2/4/2009 2:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The FAA has just informed TMZ they have opened an investigation into the helicopter pilot who had his eyes on a woman's breast rather than the skies.

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The investigation was launched after we published the story earlier today about David Martz, who piloted a chopper with porn star Puma Swede on board back in 2007. As we reported, the FAA received an email asking for an investigation with the photos attached, but did nothing because they couldn't determine if the chopper was in the air or on the ground. It's obvious from the pictures (notice the horizon and the air speed dial at 60 knots) the chopper is in the air, and Martz himself confirmed he was 300 - 400 feet above the ground.

Better late than never, FAA. Martz has had his license revoked twice and suspended another two times for reckless flying and other misdeeds.

Just last Sunday, cops say Martz buzzed an LAPD chopper. The LAPD felt Martz may have been drinking and ordered him to land. When they found him at the Van Nuys Airport 10 minutes after landing, he was already drinking vodka. That incident is also being investigated by the FAA.

Martz is still flying.

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larryMarmie    

first

2091 days ago
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Mark Proctor    

As a pilot with a SEL rating; I was shocked to readd no action was taken after he admitted drinking right after landing with Tommy Lee earlier? You have got to be kidding me. It takes TMZ to trigger a real investigation? This stinks and the FAA need to be investigated as well as the previous investigatoe. mp

2091 days ago
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Eh???    


As a pilot , I am appalled. But, he did not break a law, he only used poor judgement, and THAT is grounds for suspension of his license.

His record clearly shows he should not be flying.

2091 days ago
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Mark Proctor    

(spelling correction): 1. As a pilot with a SEL rating; I was shocked to read no action was taken after he admitted drinking right after landing with Tommy Lee earlier? You have got to be kidding me. It takes TMZ to trigger a real investigation? This stinks and the FAA needs to be investigated as well as the previous investigator. mp

2091 days ago
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HOLLYWOOD STANDARD    

I love this guy..He was like..."Thats how we roll".....hahahaha My man..lol


Bangin Porn Sluts 30,000 ft in the air...way to go...hahaha

2091 days ago
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Safety First    

Damn, he must be one heckuva pilot to keep track of which stick to grab.. mid-flight no less !

2091 days ago
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Tango    

Nice how his wedding band is featured prominently in the photos. His wife and family must be SO PROUD to call him husband and father.

2091 days ago
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Spellchamp    

As a student helicopter pilot, I'm not condoning his behavior, but he COULD have been on 'autopilot'.

And as far as the gauges go, I can't see anything clearly. The picture is too pixelated when enlarged enough to see them. Do you have a better picture, TMZ? If not, I challenge your comment that the airspeed is readable and showing 60 knots. Ditto for the artificial horizon indicator.

Just my two cents.

2091 days ago
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Spellchamp    

And by the way, if anyone discounts my opinion, you should know I have reached solo status in my training.

With that said, the guy should be disciplined somehow.

Just my additional two cents!

2091 days ago
10.

Brien    

It only took TMZ's tabloid journalism for the FAA to do their job and investigate this jackass.

2091 days ago
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Mark    

First off, he is innocent until proven guilty of something, right? Mr Levin, an attorney, should know this. Second, it would be very easy to simulate anything on the instruments with a pitot/static tester. And do you think the "horizon" disappears when you are on the ground??? It is NOT "obvious" from the picture that he is in the air. I am a CFI and A&P. But it appears that the "T" in TMZ stands for "trash".

2091 days ago
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99centz    

whats up with these jerks who post "first" like theres a prize or something?I just dont get it.

2091 days ago
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Happy Holidays    

That picture is making me hungry..

2091 days ago
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Eh???    



Get this straight......

TMZ had nothing to do with getting the FAA to investigate this....nothing.

Dont give TMZ that much credit.

And nothing will come of this, if anything another line item on his record , to be used when they pull his license for cause on another matter.

2091 days ago
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Linda Lou    

Tommy Lee is an idiot. You can be the biggest party animal ever, that's fine, but a drunk pilot is a recipe for death. If I were him, I would drink and drug as much as I wanted, but you'd better believe my pilots and drivers would be sober ex-military people.

2091 days ago
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