Motor Vehicle Inspector Aviation Enforcement

25 April 2019

Before 1937, Vermont Motor Vehicle Inspectors were responsible for administration and enforcement of aeronautic laws. They also conducted post crash investigations when an airplane was involved. Motor Vehicle Inspectors would complete the paperwork needed to suspend the licenses of pilots who were convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol or other major offenses. A Burlington Free Press article dated August 27, 1932, mentioned the suspension of two pilots’ licenses by Motor Vehicle Commissioner Pierce. The first suspension was for careless and negligent operation of an aircraft after a two-plane crash at the Burlington Airport on August 20th. The second suspension was for a conviction of driving while intoxicated that resulted in the person’s driver’s license being revoked as well as his pilot’s license being suspended.

In July 1937, Motor Vehicle Inspector George Lathrop of Bristol, who was also an accomplished pilot and photographer, was appointed Inspector of Aeronautics. Inspector Lathrop served in that role until December of 1937 when Motor Vehicle Commissioner Murdock Campbell appointed Raymond Thompson of Ryegate as permanent Aeronautics Inspector. Inspector Lathrop returned to his duties as a Motor Vehicle Inspector.