Britt O. Smith, M.d., Petitioner, v. Federal Aviation Administration, Respondent, 131 F.3d 148 (9th Cir. 1997)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 131 F.3d 148 (9th Cir. 1997)

Oct. 22, 1997


Before SCHROEDER, BEEZER, and BRUNETTI, Circuit Judges

Petitioner, Britt O. Smith, M.D., claims the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) denied him die process in its decision to terminate his Aviatior Medical Examiner (AME) designation.

We find that due process was afforded when he was notified by the FAA of their pending decision and given an opportunity to respond. He was contacted by phone and in writing. The writing specified the reasons behind the FAA decision and invited petitioner to respond. He was given time to respond and the option to respond in person, with counsel. If he chose to respond in person, the FAA offered to provide him with a transcript of the meeting and the opportunity to comment on the transcript. This amounts to due process. Greenwood v. FAA, 28 F.3d 971 (9th Cir. 1994).

Because we find petitioner was afforded due process, we do not reach the question of a liberty or property interest in an AME designation.

Petition for review DENIED.

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