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Civil Air Patrol’s Lt Col Harold A. Coghlan has authored an excellent piece for the February 2010 Safety Newsletter known as The Sentinel. We only include a snippet here.
Avoiding Car Fires Due To Phone Use by Lt Col Harold Coghlan, Alabama Wing Director of Safety
Warning: Not all vehicles’ outlets are “live” when the ignition is off, but some ARE, so this design feature may cause a fire, if you leave a device plugged into a power outlet or cigarette plug, and turn the ignition OFF. If yours stays ON it can be REALLY scary. This fire actually happened to a van. The van was not drivable afterwards. This is the driver’s story.
As some of you may know, we had a pretty scary incident recently. We are all okay but I wanted to warn everyone not to make the same mistake I did. This fire resulted from leaving an iPhone charger/docking station plugged into the car outlet. We were VERY fortunate that we found the fire, at 11pm, before going to bed and before it spread to the house.
In February of 2003, Harold A. Coghlan, of Birmingham Alabama and owner of Magic Express Airlines, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Birmingham after pleading guilty to theft for receiving $1,897 in military leave payments from the FAA in 1999 while employed as an aviation safety inspector. Coghlan was ordered to pay $1,897 in restitution and fined $250.
On October 28th 2003, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) issued an order finding that Harold A. Coghlan had violated certain FAA regulations and revoking his Airline Transport Pilot (“ATP”) Certificate. An administrative law judge (“ALJ”) upheld the order on appeal, and his decision was thereafter affirmed in an order issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”).
On September 19th 2006, the United States Court of Appeals ruled to deny a petition from Harold A. Coghlan, the 2003 Southeast Region Civil Air Patrol Safety Officer of the Year, with the following conclusion in Case No. 06-11118
Coghlan has not shown that the NTSB committed reversible error when it determined that the statute of limitations in 28 U.S.C. § 2462 did not apply to his revocation proceedings. Even if § 2462 were applicable, however, falsification of military records in which Coghlan was found to have engaged was adjudicated within the statute of limitations and was sufficient to sustain the NTSB’s decision upholding the FAA’s order of revocation. Accordingly, we affirm the order of the NTSB and deny Coghlan’s petition.