FAA Proposes $585,725 Fine against Corporate Air
The FAA has proposed a civil penalty of $585,725 against Corporate Air of Billings, Mont. The agency alleges the company operated a Shorts SD3-30 twin turboprop while failing to maintain the cargo aircraft under the company’s general maintenance manual. The manual requires daily post-flight inspections that include examining the exterior skin for corrosion, and structural inspections on the basis of flight hours or flights. According to the FAA, the company flew at least 81 revenue flights between Dec. 21, 2009, and Feb. 4, 2010, with corrosion that had not been detected during the post-flight inspections. The agency also alleges that structural inspections were not conducted at the required intervals between March 16, 2006, and Feb. 3, 2010. “We are examining the notice from the FAA and are cooperating fully with them. We will respond to it in due course and look forward to resolution,” Dale Nelson, v-p of administration and chief pilot, told AIN. Corporate Air, a certified commercial operator and air carrier flying under Parts 135 and 121, operates maintenance facilities in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, Utah, Hawaii, the Philippines and Puerto Rico.