DOT Takes Action Against Darby Aviation

 - September 26, 2006, 11:33 AM

Another penalty has been assessed against Darby Aviation, one of several operators involved in the crash of a Challenger 600 at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport on February 2. Doing business as AlphaJet International, the Muscle Shoals, Ala. company was assessed a $60,000 penalty by the DOT for engaging in “unfair and deceptive practices.” According to the DOT’s December 1 consent order, Darby entered into an agreement with Platinum Jet Management to provide commercial air transportation, which Platinum “used as a façade to deceive consumers” because it didn’t have economic, or FAA, authority of its own. Darby’s Part 135 certificate was revoked in March. Half of the fine ($30,000) will be suspended, unless Darby violates the order’s cease and desist provisions. Meanwhile, Platinum itself faces a proposed FAA fine of $1.86 million for its part in the accident.