FAA Set To Fine Talon Air Over Unqualified Pilots

 - January 20, 2014, 1:50 PM

The FAA proposed a $150,000 civil penalty against Farmingdale, N.Y.-based Talon Air on Friday. In a news release, the agency said the company allowed four of its pilots to operate its Hawker 4000s “at least 64 times between October 23, 2011, and July 9, 2012, while they were unqualified to serve as on-demand [Part 135] flight crewmembers.”

In the FAA docket presented against Talon Air, the FAA lists 49 reasons for its proposed action against the company. In one case, it said a pilot was given an FAR 135.293/297 checkride to maintain currency when such a ride did not apply because the pilot actually needed complete requalification training.

The FAA said two other pilots were employed in Part 135 operations after the date on which their Hawker 4000 currency expired.

In the fourth case, the FAA alleges Talon Air delivered initial training to a pilot by using an instructor who had not completed initial or transition instructor training in the previous 24 months (another currency issue), making all such training invalid.

On Friday, a Talon Air spokesperson told AIN: “All of the regulatory requirements of the FAA have been met and exceeded by Talon Air. The procedural matter in question is under administrative review. Therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Talon Air has 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s letter to respond.