Pauline Hanson staffer James Ashby investigated for flying One Nation leader without proper pilot’s licence

One Nation part leader Pauline Hanson stands in front of a light plane.Pauline Hanson’s chief of staff, James Ashby, is under investigation for flying his boss around Queensland without the proper pilot’s licence.

Key points:
ABC understands Civil Aviation Safety Authority is investigating James Ashby’s flying of the light aircraft
Plane is registered as recreational aircraft, which means it cannot be flown for commercial purposes
Mr Ashby has spoken publicly about flying Pauline Hanson around in the plane
The ABC understands Mr Ashby is being investigated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for flying the Jabiru J230 during the 2016 election campaign.

CASA has declined to confirm or deny whether any investigation is underway.

If found guilty, Mr Ashby faces fines and could lose his licence.

The ABC understands Mr Ashby only holds a recreational pilot’s licence and the plane is registered as a recreational aircraft.

That means it cannot be flown for commercial purposes or in controlled airspace above major airports.

via Pauline Hanson staffer James Ashby investigated for flying One Nation leader without proper pilot’s licence – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)