[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 49, Volume 5, Parts 400 to 999]
[Revised as of October 1, 1998]
From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access
[CITE: 49CFR821]

[Page 1083-1084] 
                        TITLE 49--TRANSPORTATION
                              SAFETY BOARD
Subpart D--Special Rules Applicable to Proceedings Under Section 609 of the Act

Sec. 821.30  Initiation of proceedings.

    (a) Appeal. A certificate holder may file with the Board an appeal 
from an order of the Administrator amending, modifying, suspending, or 
revoking a certificate. The appeal shall be filed with the Board within 
20 days from the time of service of the order and be accompanied with 
proof of service on the Administrator.
    (b) Contents. Each appeal shall contain a concise but complete 
statement of the facts relied on and the relief sought. It shall 
identify the Administrator's order and any certificate affected and 
shall recite the Administrator's action from which the appeal is sought. 
It shall also contain proof of service on the Administrator.
    (c) Effect of timely appeal with the Board. Timely filing with the 
Board of an appeal from an order of the Administrator shall postpone the 
effective date of the order until final disposition of the appeal by the 
law judge or the Board, except in emergency proceedings.

[58 FR 11381, Feb. 25, 1993, as amended at 59 FR 59048, Nov. 15, 1994]

Sec. 821.31  Complaint procedure.

    (a) Filing, time of filing, and service on respondent. The order of 
the Administrator from which an appeal has been taken shall serve as the 
complaint. The complaint shall be filed by the Administrator with the 
Board within 10 days

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after the service date of the notice of appeal.
    (b) Contents of complaint. If the Administrator claims that 
respondent lacks qualification as an airman, the order filed as the 
complaint, or an accompanying statement shall recite on which of the 
facts pleaded this contention is based.
    (c) Answer to complaint. The respondent shall file an answer to the 
complaint within 20 days of service of the complaint upon him by the 
Administrator. Failure to deny the truth of any allegation or 
allegations in the complaint may be deemed an admission of the truth of 
the allegation or allegations not answered. Respondent's answer shall 
also include any affirmative defense that respondent intends to raise at 
the hearing. A respondent may amend his answer to include any 
affirmative defense in accordance with the requirements of 
Sec. 821.12(a). In the discretion of the law judge, any affirmative 
defense not so pleaded may be deemed waived.

[40 FR 30243, July 17, 1975, as amended at 49 FR 28250, July 11, 1984, 
59 FR 59048, Nov. 15, 1994]

Sec. 821.32  Burden of proof.

    In proceedings under section 609 of the Act, the burden of proof 
shall be upon the Administrator.

Sec. 821.33  Motion to dismiss stale complaint.

    Where the complaint states allegations of offenses which occurred 
more than 6 months prior to the Administrator's advising respondent as 
to reasons for proposed action under section 609 of the Act, respondent 
may move to dismiss such allegations pursuant to the following 
    (a) In those cases where a complaint does not allege lack of 
qualification of the certificate holder:
    (1) The Administrator shall be required to show by answer filed 
within 15 days of service of the motion that good cause existed for the 
delay, or that the imposition of a sanction is warranted in the public 
interest, notwithstanding the delay or the reasons therefor.
    (2) If the Administrator does not establish good cause for the delay 
or for imposition of a sanction notwithstanding the delay, the law judge 
shall dismiss the stale allegations and proceed to adjudicate only the 
remaining portion, if any, of the complaint.
    (3) If the law judge wishes some clarification as to the 
Administrator's factual assertions of good cause, he shall obtain this 
from the Administrator in writing, with due service made upon the 
respondent, and proceed to an informal determination of the good cause 
issue without a hearing. A hearing to develop facts as to good cause 
shall be held only where the respondent raises an issue of fact in 
respect of the Administrator's good cause issue allegations.
    (b) In those cases where the complaint alleges lack of qualification 
of the certificate holder:
    (1) The law judge shall first determine whether an issue of lack of 
qualification would be presented if any or all of the allegations, stale 
and timely, are assumed to be true. If not, the law judge shall proceed 
as in paragraph (a) of this section.
    (2) If the law judge deems that an issue of lack of qualification 
would be presented by any or all of the allegations, if true, he shall 
proceed to a hearing on the lack of qualification issue only, and he 
shall so inform the parties. The respondent shall be put on notice that 
he is to defend against lack of qualification and not merely against a 
proposed remedial sanction.

[40 FR 30243, July 17, 1975, as amended at 54 FR 12203, Mar. 24, 1989]