A FLIGHT instructor who allegedly lied to obtain a private pilot’s licence for an East Ardsley businessman who within weeks crashed a helicopter killing himself and his wife.
A jury at Leeds Crown Court heard how Ian King falsely certified to the Civil Aviation Authority that he had complied with all the training requirements for the boss of Country Baskets, Paul Spencer.
Prosecuting, Mr Martin Goudie told the court how Mr Spencer and his wife Linda died when their Westland Gazelle helicopter crashed in Rudding Park, Harrogate on January 26 2008. His licence was issued on December 21 the previous year.
After his death, a record of his flying experience was discovered among his papers which was different to the hours recorded in his official flying log submitted for his licence.
King, 53, of Burns Way, Clifford, Wetherby, denies making a false representation with intent to deceive the Civil Aviation Authority.
The trial continues.