ACA in Hot Water with FAA

 - April 3, 2007, 8:03 AM

The FAA has proposed fining Sterling, Va.-based Atlantic Coast Airlines $1.5 million for failure to perform mandated maintenance work on “several aircraft.” The proposal accompanied a parallel action against code-share partner United Airlines, which faces a civil penalty of $1 million for similar violations.

Atlantic Coast, which began flying some of its Bombardier CRJs as Independence Air on June 16 (see opposite story), allegedly flew the suspect airplanes without performing mandatory inspections of engines, airframes and various components. It also failed to keep required maintenance records and maintain a properly functioning aircraft inspection program, said the FAA. The agency said ACA immediately took remedial steps to comply with the maintenance, inspection and record-keeping requirements.