The FAA Revokes
Bimini Island Air Operating Certificate
By Mike Mitchell
July 12, 2011 - The Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) has revoked the operating certificate of Bimini
Island Air (BIA) of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, an
on-demand operator. The FAA issued the emergency order
of revocation on June 27 and it took effect immediately.
The FAA alleged BIA advertised and operated 15 scheduled
flights between Fort Lauderdale and the Bahamas in March
and April, 2011, using a 30-seat Saab 340-A
BIA is not authorized to use a 30-seat aircraft
for scheduled flights.
The FAA also alleged BIA offered and advertised scheduled flights on the 30-seat plane, including the departure location and time and arrival location.
The FAA said BIA operated as a scheduled airline rather than as an on-demand service when it provided those flights. Scheduled airlines are governed by rules different than those for charter operators or on-demand services.
Island Air petitioned for review of the emergency nature of the
order of revocation, June 30, which also serves as an appeal of
the merits of the order.
Both the petition and the appeal will be heard by the
National Transportation Safety Board.
BIA surrendered its operating certificate to the FAA July
340 which is no longer in production is a Swedish two-engine
turboprop aircraft designed and initially produced by a
partnership between Saab and Fairchild Aircraft. Under the
initial plan Saab built the all aluminum fuselage and vertical
stabilizer, and also performed final assembly in Link?ping,
Sweden, while Fairchild was responsible for the wings,
empennage, and wing-mounted nacelles for the two turboprop
Fairchild ceased this work, production of these parts was
shifted to Sweden.
is considering extending the airframe lifespan, which initially
was 60.000 hours and 90.000 cycles, up to 75,000 hours. The
highest time aircraft in the fleet (-028) has reached over
57,000 hours as of March 2011 and over 60,000 cycles.
SAAB is considering extending the airframe lifespan, which initially was 60.000 hours and 90.000 cycles, up to 75,000 hours. The highest time aircraft in the fleet (-028) has reached over 57,000 hours as of March 2011 and over 60,000 cycles.
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