Proposes $330,000 Penalty Against North-Aire Aviation
The FAA alleges North-Aire Aviation’s training courses were not valid
under the FAA’s pilot school regulations and that instructor and student
records did not comply with Federal Aviation Regulations. The school
also used unapproved training course outlines.
Between April 18, 2008 and August 29, 2008, North-Aire Aviation
graduated and issued certificates to at least 18 individuals, certifying
those graduates had completed all stages, tests and course requirements
North-Aire issued graduation certificates and recommended students for
pilot certificates and ratings even though the students failed to
complete the training specified in the school’s course of training,
failed to pass the required final test and failed to complete all the
curriculum requirements of the course.
North-Aire also failed to correct the discrepancies after they were
pointed out, and did not comply with an approved FAA training course or
retain all required student records in accordance with FAA regulations.
A company official also knowingly falsified a record indicating an
instructor had received a required proficiency check.
“Pilots must receive comprehensive training and taking short cuts isn’t
acceptable,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “Schools dedicated to
teaching pilots the skills they need to fly safely are required to
follow all FAA regulations.”
The certificates of all North-Aire students who were improperly trained from April 18, 2008–August 29, 2008 have been suspended. North-Aire has 30 days from the time it receives the FAA’s civil penalty letter to respond to the allegations.
On April 8, 2010 the FAA suspended Darby Aviation’s Air Carrier Certificate. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an emergency order suspending Darby Aviation’s air carrier certificate until the company demonstrates to the FAA it can conduct operations in accordance with regulatory requirements. Darby Aviation has failed to produce an acceptable Operations Manual or an approvable training program despite repeated FAA efforts to inform the company of the required changes in those documents. As a result, the company has no accepted Operations Manual or approved training program.
The FAA also has determined that Darby Aviation’s chief pilot and
its Director of Operations are not qualified to hold their positions.
The company’s lack of proper operating guidance and its failure to
follow basic regulatory requirements has undermined the FAA’s confidence
in Darby Aviation’s ability to ensure safe operations. Based on those
considerations, the FAA determined that emergency action was necessary.
“The FAA will not let a carrier continue to operate if it doesn’t meet
strict qualifications,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “All
carriers, no matter what the size, must have approved pilot training
programs. Our mission is to keep air travelers safe.” Darby Aviation may
appeal the emergency order within 10 days of receiving the order.
(see Flight School North-Aire Aviation Responds To FAA Proposed Fine)
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