Holbrook v. United States, No. 10-2355
Decided Mar. 12, 2012
The Federal Aviation Administration decided to suspend the airworthiness certification of a helicopter leased by appellant Michael Holbrook for his flight instruction business. Holbrook brought suit against the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act alleging that he suffered financial harm as a result of the FAA’s negligence in first issuing an airworthiness certificate to the helicopter. The district court dismissed the complaint and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that the FAA inspector’s original certification of the aircraft fell under the discretionary function exception to the FTCA.
-Sara I. Salehi