FAA Proposes Civil
Penalties Against Eight Companies
By Mike Mitchell
July 18, 2011 - The Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) is proposing civil penalties ranging from $66,000
to $133,950 against eight companies for alleged
violations of FAA regulations. They include the
Apollo Aviation of Fruitland Park, Fla.:
$77,300 for allegedly operating a Cessna 172 on
nine flights between July 21 and 24, 2010, when it was
not in compliance with FAA regulations. The aircraft
crashed near Waynesboro, Va., on July 24. The pilot was
The FAA alleges Apollo failed to accomplish the required tests and inspections of the altimeter, static system and transponder in the aircraft within the 24 months leading up to the accident.
Inc., of Rochester, N.Y.:
$133,950 for allegedly operating a Hawker Beechcraft
125-800 business jet aircraft on 63 flights between Oct. 3, 2009
and Dec. 15, 2009, when it was not in compliance with FAA
alleges JetSmart failed to inspect handheld fire extinguishers
every 30 days, as required under the company?s approved
inspection program. The aircraft also made two additional
flights on Dec. 10 and Dec. 15, 2009, when the passenger public
address system was inoperative, but the company failed to post
the required placard in the airplane confirming that fact.
Aviation, Inc. of Allentown, Pa.:
$81,000 for allegedly failing to inspect overwing
emergency exits after opening them as part of crew evacuation
training on several of its aircraft. The company?s FAA-approved
general maintenance manual mandates the inspections that must be
completed and documented before the aircraft can be returned to
service. The alleged violations occurred at multiple points
beginning on June 2, 2009 and continued through Feb. 17, 2010.
Specialties Unlimited, Inc., of Boise, Idaho: $77,000 for
allegedly installing a night vision system on a helicopter used
for emergency medical services when it was not authorized to
perform that modification.
The FAA further alleges that Aviation Specialties failed
to perform the modification correctly and used unacceptable
technical data to guide the work.
The alleged violation occurred Nov. 24, 2009.
Liberty Jet Management Corporation of Oyster Bay, N.Y.: $75,000 for allegedly using a pilot who had failed his most recent checkride as second-in-command on approximately 25 charter flights. FAA regulations require all crewmembers to have passed checkrides (or other appropriate evaluations) before they may fly as required crew. The flights operated between Aug. 4 and Nov. 11, 2010.
Airlines of Fort Worth:
$77,500 for alleged violations of the company?s operations specification
for its ground de-icing/anti-icing program.
The FAA alleges American Eagle?s line maintenance contractor at
Richmond., Va., used uncalibrated tools to test the anti-freeze used for
de-icing aircraft, and that the tools were not specified for use by the
airline?s FAA-approved general maintenance manual and its ground deicing
regulations, a carrier is responsible for overseeing a contractor?s
maintenance. FAA inspectors
discovered the problem and said the violations took place between Feb.
13 and March 9, 2010.
Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) of Atlanta: $132,000 for allegedly operating a Bombardier CRJ regional jet on 22 passenger-carrying flights between May 14 and May 18, 2010, while it was not in compliance with FAA regulations. The FAA alleges that ASA performed maintenance on the aircraft on May 13, 2010, but did not execute a maintenance release or appropriate aircraft logbook entry releasing the aircraft for service.
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