THE man who lied to give a pilot’s licence to a Brighouse millionaire faces jail.
And last night it emerged that flying instructor Ian King, 53, has two previous convictions for Civil Aviation Authority breaches and was suspended from acting as a trainer in 2009.
A jury convicted him of signing off falsified training logs in a bid to fast-track the helicopter licence for businessman Paul Spencer.
Tragically, Mr Spencer and his wife Linda died when the helicopter he was flying crashed near Harrogate.
Leeds Crown Court heard King had shown “utter disregard” for the rules and the logbook was a work of “fiction”.
Judge Tom Bayliss told him: “You ought to be under no illusion that, in adjourning this case, it is going to be dealt with by any other way than custody.”
He will be back in court on February 4.