A pilot has admitted flying a passenger jet from Spain while three times over the alcohol limit.
Ian Jennings, 47, from Gale Moor Avenue, Gosport, Hampshire, was arrested at Norwich Airport last month after landing a commercial chartered plane with about ten people on board.
Today at Norwich Magistrates' Court he admitted flying while the alcohol in his breath was over the prescribed limit.
The offence carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
Officers detected 31 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 militres of breath - the limit for pilots is nine microgrammes while the limit for drivers is 35.
Marcus Crosskell, mitigating for Jennings, said: "He is a gentleman of unblemished character with a 20-year-plus career as a pilot."
Magistrates said the case was so serious it would have to be sentenced by a crown court judge at a later date.
Jennings was released on bail on the condition he does not fly any aircraft.
His licence has been suspended by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Norwich Airport has been sold to regional airport owner Rigby Group PLC.
It's the third airport to be bought by the group, who also own Coventry and Exeter Airports.
The company's CEO Sir Peter Rigby is worth £550m according to The Sunday Times rich list.
“Regional airports are vitally important to the economic development of regions, not just in the UK but across the world," Chairman and Chief Executive Sir Peter Rigby said.
"To survive and prosper, smaller regional airports need to cooperate and collaborate - enabling them to benefit from the economies of scale and sharing of best practice traditionally enjoyed by larger hub airports.
“I am delighted to welcome everyone at Norwich International Airport to our fast growing team.
Over the last decade they have worked hard to establish the site as East Anglia's flagship aviation hub, and I am very much looking forward to working together as we continue to expand operations and build on that success.”
One of the world's biggest airliners is opening its hangar doors in Norwich to budding engineers of the future.
KLM UK, which operates flights from Norwich Airport to European destinations, is holding its annual Apprentices Day as it opens for the process of recruiting new trainee mechanics.
More than 100 young job-seekers are expected to descend on the aero firm to hear more about their flagship four-year training programme, which includes both theory work and hands-on learning.
Norwich Airport has seen some of the biggest increases in passenger numbers in the UK according to new figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority.
The number of holiday makers using the airport has increased by 45 percent while offshore helicopter traffic saw a year of record growth.
Norwich Airport has reported a growth in the number of passengers using it in 2013. Four hundred and sixty thousand people passed through the terminal building at Norwich last year.
That's up seven point six percent on the previous year.
Offshore helicopter traffic taking workers to gas rigs was up 18 percent.
A new recycling centre opens today, but it's not for your everyday waste.
The facility at Norwich International Airport will be used to dismantle and recycle aircraft.
It's being launched by KLM UK Engineering and is the only facility of its kind in East Anglia.
A major emergency excersise will be taking place at Norwich Airport this evening.
Senior managers are drafting in volunteers to act as injured passengers and emergency crews will respond to a simulated plane crash.
At least 20 new jobs have been created at Norwich Airport. The airport says it needs to recruit extra staff to cater for a predicted increase in passenger numbers this summer compared to last year. New routes to destinations such as Tenerife and Tunisia are set to be launched.
The airline bmi regional is marking a decade of flights between Norwich and Aberdeen. The service first started on 31 March 2003 and now operates twice daily on weekdays.
Cathal O’Connell chief executive of bmi regional, said: "Since the launch of the Aberdeen to Manchester and Norwich service, we have had consistently strong load factors, thanks to the continued support of our customers."