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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.

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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It's a strange situation when I pilot tries to keep us a breast of everthing with his license status up in the air.

2054 days ago


I live in the area and I don't want him flying over me! Why doesn't the FAA yank his license?!?!? Yes, Tommy Lee is an idiot too. Does he think he's indestructible? Why would he fly with him? Unbelievable.

2054 days ago


#17: I don't care if you're an E-I-E-I-O! Why are you sticking up for him? You think Harvey is going to get himself into legal trouble over this chooch?! He admitted that "that's how we roll" What more do you need?!

2054 days ago


TMZ Screws it up for a good guy again....ever heard of AUTO PILOT ....Morons!

2054 days ago

Mike Kochhertz    

45 dead in the Mid-South, 700,000 without power, OBAMA IS LYING, PEOPLE ARE DYING!!

2054 days ago

Mike Kochhertz    

Hey, to you people that think Harvey censors, I believe you're wrong. I don't see a politcal agenda at all, I see a businessman, but that is all. I wreck the left on here all the time, they've never held me back. A few times I thought they didn't post me, but, found out, my own fault. Harvey may have a political opinion, but, on here, $$ trumps politics!

2054 days ago


Hey #13 - tofastforyou. I think I'm starting to like you.

2054 days ago

The RoadRunner    

All the fuzz is simply because he appeared in a "controversial" picture while flying. The FAA should see past this and not punish him because he hasn't done anything wrong. His record should not be marked by this, neither his licence status.

2054 days ago

You Can Do Better    

I hope someone notifies Tommy Lees dentist to have his records ready for when they have to sort through the rubble when this idiot crashes & burns them all. How stupid can a person get? As for the "pilot-in-training" who suggested they might be on auto-pilot....I didn't realize you can put the thing in auto to take off or land. Notice the apparent LACK OF altitude through the window???? Just enough to either be sitting on a tall building (unlikely), a large hill or mountain (not likely) or...look brains!!

2054 days ago

Monica Lewinsky's Ex-Boyfriend's Wife for President    

Nobody else has a comment that this guy is just a NASTY F**K!? Not for what he's doing but because he's ugly and GROSS! She'd have to be a porn star to let that ugly-ass near her tit. I hope she made him pay her!

2053 days ago


This pilot has been criminally charged and convicted of "reckless and careless operation of an aircraft" in the past. While on a suspended license, he flew his helicopter into the Miramar Air Show in front of the FAA with total disregard of the consequences. The past history of this pilot is incredibly unsafe. I just hope when he crashes and kills himself my family or other innocent people are not underneath the wreckage.

2053 days ago

frogs and gravel    

The next time me and my friends get pulled over because we several times over the
legal limit for alcohol, I will tell the the policeman "This is how we roll."
I am sure he will let us off.

2053 days ago


He needs to be grounded for good, looks like a real sleaze ball looser.

2053 days ago

Ryoichi Morita    

Repeat after me. "Justice".

2053 days ago

god forbid you end up in an accident or in the hospital!    

auto-pilot or not, what that man did was dangerous. I would not want to fly with him or anyone I know to fly with him. and if it takes a site like TMZ to light a fire under the FAA's ass, then so be it!

2053 days ago
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