I’ve seen a lot of old men who decide they will just keep flying their planes once they lose their medical. Their sentiment is always, “What can the FAA do? Take my license? That won’t stop me.” Maybe I’ll be one of them someday. I used to think that they were taking a big risk, but I no longer feel that way. There’s a guy in my area who crashed his plane after dropping off paying passengers. His plane wasn’t Part 135, and he’s not a commercial pilot. They figured out it was a commercial flight when they found his website and saw him advertising. Something like: Fly with me and bypass security. You can bring your guns, drugs, etc. So months go on and he gets another plane and resumes commercial operations. This time he has ADS-B Out. So they watch his flights and see he’s flying into KSAT... where the FAA is! They bust him on the ramp with a paying passenger and a couple who aren’t paying. Police cars everywhere, very dramatic. After talking to him for awhile, the investigator tells him he’s now limited to flying with no passengers at all. Then they tell him they don’t want him to fly with passengers, but if he were to load his friends up and go, they can’t stop him, but he’s just adding more and more to his file. Scary, right? Not really. Eventually they met with him and made him surrender his license. He went online and ordered another one and they sent it to him! They did take that one too, but it was pretty funny. So now what does he do? Turns off his ADS-B and flies paying passengers anyway. This has been going on for many months and the FAA knows it. This brings us back to my original question... what power does the FAA have? And for those of you who don’t think this is a big deal, I’ve seen this guy own three planes. He’s had to spray paint all three because he likes to fly through heavy storms. He also likes to do his own maintenance, and doesn’t do it well. Toggle switch from the parts store for a mag switch, etc. Hopefully this doesn’t end in tragedy, but it’s looking more and more like it will. BTW, the original crash... he ran out of fuel.